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[mass noun] The action or practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats:‘it wasn't slavery because no coercion was used’
force, compulsion, constraint, duress, oppression, enforcement, harassment, intimidation, threats, insistence, demand, arm-twisting, pressure, pressurization, influenceView synonyms
- ‘If psychiatry is to move forward it is necessary, but not sufficient, to resist state coercion and to listen to patients.’
- ‘This is really your opportunity to be yourself, to do something without coercion from others.’
- ‘He refused to speculate as to the identity of the groups or individuals who had been behind the coercion.’
- ‘There is also a belief that worker performance is based on either rewards offered by management or the threat of coercion.’
- ‘He denied he had made the confession under coercion and threat, as alleged by his father.’
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