- 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
Related Words for coercionpersuasion, intimidation, duress, force, constraint, restraint, violence, bullying, threat, menace, menacing, threatening
Examples from the Web for coercion
Contemporary Examples of coercion
Many out athletes found their voices silenced by coercion contracts many of their home countries gave them.‘To Russia With Love’: Can Johnny Weir Save Russia’s Gays?
October 29, 2014
We are watching an invasion using subversion, coercion, and somewhat limited military action.Is the U.S. Enabling Putin's Invasion?
August 29, 2014
Where popular fervor ends, force begins and President Maduro has relied consistently on coercion.Venezuela’s Agony: Weak President, Strong Generals, Riots and Cocaine
April 14, 2014
These sexual relationships are consensual—and rarely deemed “rape”—but the large age differential is a type of coercion.Can Boys Be ‘Coerced’ Into Sex?
March 28, 2014
There is no coercion or identification of the town, city, or state with a particular god, or indeed with any god.Supreme Court Prayer Decision in Greece v. Galloway Should Be Easy
November 4, 2013
Historical Examples of coercion
The policy of the opposition was coercion, while that of the government was autonomy.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Coercion first annihilates the understanding of its victim, and then of him who adopts it.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
"It was a bargain of coercion, Monsieur," she answered attempting to brazen it out.The Trampling of the Lilies
I wouldn't be surprised if he wouldn't bring in a coercion bill at any minute.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
I told you the means of coercion in my power, and pledged myself to use them.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
- the act or power of coercing
- government by force
Word Origin and History for coercion
early 15c., from Old French cohercion (Modern French coercion), from Medieval Latin coercionem, from Latin coerctionem, earlier coercitionem, noun of action from past participle stem of coercere (see coerce).