We have the crime of the century, willing defendants, mountains of evidence, uncoerced confessions.
He was very tall and very thin, energetic but not strong, very clever, but with less application than an uncoerced camel.
mid-15c., cohercen, from Middle French cohercer, from Latin coercere "to control, restrain, shut up together," from com- "together" (see co-) + arcere "to enclose, confine, contain, ward off," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane). Related: Coerced; coercing. No record of the word between late 15c. and mid-17c.; its reappearance 1650s is perhaps a back-formation from coercion.