Coerce meaning

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The definition of coerce means to use force or scare tactics to get someone to do something.

An example of coerce is for a person to threaten his friend if the friend does not steal money for him.

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To pressure, intimidate, or force (someone) into doing something.
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To restrain or constrain by force, esp. by legal authority; curb.
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To bring about by using force; enforce.
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To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb.
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To use force, threat, fraud, or intimidation in attempt to compel one to act against his will.
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To bring about or gain by pressure, threat, or force.

Coerced agreement among the parties; coerced a confession from the suspect.

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To force or compel, as by threats, to do something.
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(computing) To force an attribute, normally of a data type, to take on the attribute of another data type.
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Origin of coerce

  • Latin coercēre to control, restrain co- co- arcēre to enclose, confine
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin coercere (“to surround, encompass, restrain, control, curb”), from co- (“together”) + arcere (“to inclose, confine, keep off”); see arcade, arcane, ark.
    From Wiktionary