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  1. compulsory; coercive.
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Origin of coactive1

First recorded in 1590–1600; coact(ion)1 + -ive
Related formsco·ac·tive·ly, adverbco·ac·tiv·i·ty, noun


  1. acting together.
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Origin of coactive2

First recorded in 1590–1600; co- + active
Related formsco·ac·tive·ly, adverbco·ac·tiv·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for coactive

Historical Examples

  • That the whole church together can not punish any man with coactive punishment, without the permission of the emperor.

    A Source Book for Mediaeval History

    Oliver J. Thatcher

  • A teacher teaches at all, only so far as he causes this coactive energy of the pupil's mind.

    In the School-Room

    John S. Hart