[ koh-ur-siv ]
/ koʊˈɜr sɪv /


serving or tending to coerce.

Nearby words

  1. coequality,
  2. coequally,
  3. coerce,
  4. coercimeter,
  5. coercion,
  6. coercive force,
  7. coercivity,
  8. coesite,
  9. coessential,
  10. coetaneous

Origin of coercive

First recorded in 1590–1600; coerce + -ive

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coerciveness

  • There is no coerciveness about it, and each can invent his own hypothesis.

    Psychical Miscellanea|J. Arthur Hill
  • In war-time, pugnacity, partisanship, coerciveness can find full satisfaction in the fight against the enemy.

    The Fruits of Victory|Norman Angell
  • It is sufficient here to deal with her coerciveness, and recall the epithet “child-queller” which Dickens applied to her.

    Dickens As an Educator|James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes

Word Origin and History for coerciveness



c.1600, from coerce + -ive. Form coercitive (attested from 1630s) is more true to Latin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper