verb (used with object), co·erced, co·erc·ing.
Origin of coerce
Examples from the Web for coerced
No doubt, there are wrongful convictions that result from misidentification and coerced confessions.
The police eventually obtained two written confessions that the brothers would describe as coerced.How the North Carolina GOP Made a Wrongfully Convicted Man a Death Row Scapegoat|Michael Daly|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her mother, from the United States, had been coerced by friends into organizing the operation.
While still living with Marion, Flemmi coerced Debbie Hussey at the age of 18 into a sexual relationship (he was 42).
Rather, he says, it was his unscrupulous criminal defense lawyer, the late Richard G. Sherman, who coerced him to run.Max Factor Heir Andrew Luster: My Lawyer Made Me Do It|Diane Dimond|February 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I trust I was not invited here either to be insulted or coerced.Roughing It|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Will the gentleman contend that juries are to be coerced to find verdicts at the point of the bayonet?Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
Coerced by criticism, between 1719 and 1737 the Company made some explorations, but little was accomplished.The Colonization of North America|Herbert Eugene Bolton
Don't ye believe thim lads with lumber ya-ards on their necks an' bar'ls on their feet was coerced.Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War|Finley Peter Dunne
Second, the ancient Assyria was a peaceful province not coerced by a standing Persian force or garrisons of any strength.The Ancient East|D. G. Hogarh
British Dictionary definitions for coerced
Word Origin for coerce
Word Origin and History for coerced
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.