When your boyfriend says he is going to break up with you if you don't buy him a really expensive gift, this is an example of coercive behavior.
(comparative more coercive, superlative most coercive)
- Displaying a tendency or intent to coerce.
from coerce + -ive
- Coercive temporal authority over their bodies or estates could only be given by concession from the temporal prince.
- The governor has a hereditary army for coercive purposes.
- Marsilius denies, not only to the pope, but to the bishops and clergy, any coercive jurisdiction or any right to pronounce on their own authority excommunications and interdicts, or in any way to impose the observation of the divine law.
- The effect of the addition of tungsten in increasing the coercive force is very clearly shown; in two specimens containing respectively 3.44 and 2.35% of tungsten the coercive force was 64.5 and 70.7.
- Its moral influence, and a discipline over both poor and rich, was to be not only the coercive authority of the civil power but its money.