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Meaning of COERCE

Pronunciation:  kow'urs

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"

COERCE is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: force, hale, pressure
 See Also: act, bludgeon, bring oneself, compel, dragoon, drive, move, obligate, oblige, railroad, sandbag, squeeze for, steamroll, steamroller, terrorise, terrorize, turn up the heat, turn up the pressure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Co*erce"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coerced}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Coercing}.] [L. co["e]rcere; co- + arcere to shut up, to
press together. See {Ark}.]
1. To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to
   repress; to curb. --Burke.

         Punishments are manifold, that they may coerce this
         profligate sort.                      --Ayliffe.

2. To compel or constrain to any action; as, to coerce a man
   to vote for a certain candidate.

3. To compel or enforce; as, to coerce obedience.

Syn: To {Coerce}, {Compel}.

Usage: To compel denotes to urge on by force which cannot be
       resisted. The term aplies equally to physical and
       moral force; as, compelled by hunger; compelled
       adverse circumstances; compelled by parental
       affection. Coerce had at first only the negative sense
       of checking or restraining by force; as, to coerce a
       bad man by punishments or a prisoner with fetters. It
       has now gained a positive sense., viz., that of
       driving a person into the performance of some act
       which is required of him by another; as, to coerce a
       man to sign a contract; to coerce obedience. In this
       sense (which is now the prevailing one), coerce
       differs but little from compel, and yet there is a
       distinction between them. Coercion is usually
       acomplished by indirect means, as threats and
       intimidation, physical force being more rarely
       employed in coercing.

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