Origin of coercive

First recorded in 1590–1600; coerce + -ive
Related formsco·er·cive·ly, adverbco·er·cive·ness, nounnon·co·er·cive, adjectivenon·co·er·cive·ly, adverbnon·co·er·cive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for coerciveness

Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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