- Duress is defined as making someone do something against his will, or making someone perform an illegal act, by using threats, coercion or other illicit means.
An example of duress is when you torture a prisoner until he confesses.
duress definition by Webster's New World
- the use of force or threats; compulsion: a confession signed under duress
Origin: Middle English dures ; from Old French durece ; from Classical Latin duritia, hardness, harshness ; from durus, hard ; from Indo-European base an unverified form deru-, tree, oak (orig. uncertain or unknown; perhaps hard) from source tree
duress definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Constraint by threat; coercion: confessed under duress.
- Law a. Coercion illegally applied.b. Forcible confinement.
Origin: Middle English duresse, harshness, compulsion, from Old French durece, hardness, from Latin dūritia, from dūrus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
duress - Legal Definition