Coerce Definition

coerced, coerces, coercing
coerced, coerces, coercing
To restrain or constrain by force, esp. by legal authority; curb.
Webster's New World
To force or compel, as by threats, to do something.
Webster's New World
To bring about by using force; enforce.
Webster's New World

(computing) To force an attribute, normally of a data type, to take on the attribute of another data type.


Origin of Coerce

  • From Latin coercere (“to surround, encompass, restrain, control, curb”), from co- (“together”) + arcere (“to inclose, confine, keep off”); see arcade, arcane, ark.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin coercēre to control, restrain co- co- arcēre to enclose, confine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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