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[koh-ur-shuh n]
  1. the act of coercing; use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance.
  2. force or the power to use force in gaining compliance, as by a government or police force.
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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 formsco·er·cion·ar·y, adjectiveco·er·cion·ist, nounnon·co·er·cion, nounpro·co·er·cion, adjective
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Examples from the Web for non-coercion

Historical Examples

  • Non-coercion would avert civil war, and compromise crush out both abolitionism and secession.

    American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4)


  • The non-coercion doctrine had been adopted as early as November 20, in the Attorney-General's opinion of that date.

    Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2

    John George Nicolay and John Hay

British Dictionary definitions for non-coercion


  1. the act or power of coercing
  2. government by force
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Derived Formscoercionist, nouncoercive (kəʊˈɜːsɪv), adjectivecoercively, adverbcoerciveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-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).

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