Definition of coercive in English:



  • Relating to or using force or threats.

    ‘coercive measures’
    • ‘For coercive diplomacy to succeed, the demands made of the targeted government need to be precise, limited and deliverable.’
    • ‘His emphasis on the coercive and controlling aspects of the state evoked the Stalin legacy.’
    • ‘It seems to often assume that power is coercive only if exercised by the State.’
    • ‘The family soon experienced the coercive recruiting tactics of the government forces.’
    • ‘The Commonwealth has no military force, or coercive power apart from suspension and expulsion.’
    • ‘Thus, a monarch with absolute power must take coercive control over an otherwise savage society either by mutual consent or by force.’
    • ‘What we have here is the government using its coercive power over prisoners for commercial advantage.’
    • ‘The threat of force is sometimes a necessary component of coercive diplomacy.’
    • ‘The inescapable evils of coercive behavior are not unique to government.’
    • ‘This is a movie with a distinct and startling cinematic language, but with uncomfortably coercive mannerisms.’
    • ‘How can you say we are more coercive when you have never spoken to us?’
    • ‘The coercive diplomacy that could yet lead to the dictator's disarmament or his disposal by his own side must be pursued.’
    • ‘Most people believe that children should be spared from coercive power dynamics.’
    • ‘At that point, any exercise of the state's coercive powers fails to respect the essentials of our humanity.’
    • ‘Thus, values and norms were imposed through coercive instruments rather than consensus.’
    • ‘We object only when planners promote coercive schemes and claim they offer benefits they do not.’
    • ‘Welfare recipients are to face new coercive measures to force them into workfare or to accept cheap labor jobs.’
    • ‘There has been an increasing acknowledgment that assimilation could have a coercive element to it.’
    • ‘Language is a good example of the coercive nature of conventions.’
    • ‘He is the leading advocate of the superiority of voluntary or spontaneous forces over coercive ones.’
    overbearing, authoritarian, imperious, high-handed, high and mighty, autocratic, autarchic
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