coaction

1
[ koh-ak-shuhn ]
/ koʊˈæk ʃən /

noun

force or compulsion, either in restraining or in impelling.

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Origin of coaction

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1350–1400; Middle English <Latin coāctiōn- (stem of coactiō), equivalent to coāct(us) (past participle of cōgere;see cogent, co-, act) + -iōn--ion

Definition for coaction (2 of 2)

coaction2
[ koh-ak-shuhn ]
/ koʊˈæk ʃən /

noun

joint action.
Ecology. any interaction among organisms within a community.

Origin of coaction

2
First recorded in 1615–25; co- + action
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British Dictionary definitions for coaction (1 of 2)

coaction1
/ (kəʊˈækʃən) /

noun

any relationship between organisms within a community
joint action

Derived forms of coaction

coactive, adjectivecoactively, adverbcoactivity, noun

Word Origin for coaction

C17: co- + action

British Dictionary definitions for coaction (2 of 2)

coaction2
/ (kəʊˈækʃən) /

noun

obsolete a force or compulsion, either to compel or restrain

Word Origin for coaction

C14: from Late Latin coāctiō, from Latin cōgere to constrain, compel
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