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coaction

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[ koh-ak-shuh n ]
/ koʊˈæk ʃən /
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noun

force or compulsion, either in restraining or in impelling.

RELATED WORDS

synergy, collaboration, teamwork, cooperating

Nearby words

coachwhip, coachwhip snake, coachwood, coachwork, coact, coaction, coactive, coactively, coadaptation, coadapted, coade stone

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)

coaction

2
[ koh-ak-shuh n ]
/ koʊˈæk ʃən /

noun

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

Origin of coaction

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First recorded in 1615–25; co- + action
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Examples from the Web for coaction

  • And this I haue here promised and sworne, procéedeth of mine owne desire and frée voluntée, and by no constraining or coaction.

    Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (3 of 6): England (3 of 9)|Raphael Holinshed

British Dictionary definitions for coaction (1 of 2)

coaction

1
/ (kəʊˈækʃən) /

noun

any relationship between organisms within a community
joint action
Derived Formscoactive, adjectivecoactively, adverbcoactivity, noun

Word Origin for coaction

C17: co- + action

British Dictionary definitions for coaction (2 of 2)

coaction

2
/ (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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