coactive

1
[ koh-ak-tiv ]
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adjective
  1. compulsory; coercive.

Origin of coactive

1
First recorded in 1590–1600; coact(ion)1 + -ive

Other words from coactive

  • co·ac·tive·ly, adverb
  • co·ac·tiv·i·ty, noun

Words Nearby coactive

Other definitions for coactive (2 of 2)

coactive2
[ koh-ak-tiv ]

adjective
  1. acting together.

Origin of coactive

2
First recorded in 1590–1600; co- + active

Other words from coactive

  • co·ac·tive·ly, adverb
  • co·ac·tiv·i·ty, noun

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How to use coactive in a sentence

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

  • 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