The definition of coerce means to use force or scare tactics to get someone to do something.(verb)
An example of coerce is for a person to threaten his friend if the friend does not steal money for him.
See coerce in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME cohercen < OFr cohercier < L coercere, to surround, restrain < co-, together + arcere, to confine: see exercise
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transitive verb co·erced, co·erc·ing, co·erc·es
Origin: Latin coercēre, to control, restrain
Origin: : co-, co-
Origin: + arcēre, to enclose, confine.
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