An example of coerce is for a person to threaten his friend if the friend does not steal money for him.
- to restrain or constrain by force, esp. by legal authority; curb
- to force or compel, as by threats, to do something
- to bring about by using force; enforce
Origin of coerceMiddle English cohercen ; from Old French cohercier ; from Classical Latin coercere, to surround, restrain ; from co-, together + arcere, to confine: see exercise
transitive verbco·erced, co·erc·ing, co·erc·es
- To pressure, intimidate, or force (someone) into doing something. See Synonyms at force.
- To bring about or gain by pressure, threat, or force: coerced agreement among the parties; coerced a confession from the suspect.
Origin of coerceLatin coerc&emacron;re, to control, restrain : co-, co- + arc&emacron;re, to enclose, confine.
(third-person singular simple present coerces, present participle coercing, simple past and past participle coerced)