- to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document.
- to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact: to coerce obedience.
- to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.: The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.
Origin of coerce
Examples from the Web for uncoerced
We have the crime of the century, willing defendants, mountains of evidence, uncoerced confessions.Messy Legal Rules and Procedures Make Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Trial Doubtful
May 8, 2012
He was very tall and very thin, energetic but not strong, very clever, but with less application than an uncoerced camel.Aladdin O'Brien
- (tr) to compel or restrain by force or authority without regard to individual wishes or desires
Word Origin and History for uncoerced
mid-15c., cohercen, from Middle French cohercer, from Latin coercere "to control, restrain, shut up together," from com- "together" (see co-) + arcere "to enclose, confine, contain, ward off," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane). Related: Coerced; coercing. No record of the word between late 15c. and mid-17c.; its reappearance 1650s is perhaps a back-formation from coercion.