[ koh-ur-shuh n ]
/ koʊˈɜr ʃən /


the act of coercing; use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance.
force or the power to use force in gaining compliance, as by a government or police force.

Origin of coercion

1515–25; < Medieval Latin coerciōn- (stem of coerciō), Latin coerctiōn-, syncopated variant of coercitiōn-, equivalent to coercit(us) (past participle of coercēre to coerce) + -iōn- -ion; replacing late Middle English cohercion < Middle French < Latin as above

Related forms

co·er·cion·ar·y, adjectiveco·er·cion·ist, nounnon·co·er·cion, nounpro·co·er·cion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coercion


/ (kəʊˈɜːʃən) /


the act or power of coercing
government by force

Derived Forms

coercionist, nouncoercive (kəʊˈɜːsɪv), adjectivecoercively, adverbcoerciveness, noun
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