- to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document.
- to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact: to coerce obedience.
- to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.: The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.
Origin of coerce
Related Words for coerceroppressor, rascal, ruffian, tough, tease, rowdy, bulldozer, hector, pest, persecutor, harrier, insolent, browbeater, intimidator, antagonizer, coercer
- (tr) to compel or restrain by force or authority without regard to individual wishes or desires
Word Origin for coerce
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.