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coercion

[koh-ur-shuh n]
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noun
  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)

    Various

  • 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

coercion

noun
  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

coercion

n.

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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