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[mass noun] Persuasion that involves appealing to a person's moral sense:‘a vendor may find himself under moral pressure to complete as soon as possible’
- ‘The few agencies that have resisted the moral pressure to adopt the new humanitarianism are struggling to defend traditional principles.’
- ‘The moral pressure on the rest of the Group of Eight to agree a deal for aid to Africa was therefore immense.’
- ‘Meanwhile, the moral pressure continues to grow.’
- ‘But what is noticeable is that these organisations did not feel under any moral pressure to stand up for the importance of animal experiments.’
- ‘One journalistic approach has been to cast the practice in unfavorable journalistic light to levy moral pressure.’
- ‘All kidding aside, applying moral pressure is exactly what the EU should be good at in foreign affairs.’
- ‘The societal needs were so compelling that many academics felt a moral pressure to oblige and are now responding to the challenges.’
- ‘We are witnessing the application of colossal moral pressure to people who do not usually yield to moral pressure.’
- ‘Thus, the international community of nations exerts certain moral pressures on states to compensate for the takings from other nations.’
- ‘Regardless, it means that outdated outlooks especially regarding the sexual behaviour of women exert an exaggerated moral pressure on our screens.’
- ‘Only inexorable moral pressure could move the nation.’
- ‘Besides the obvious health benefits, the strike was expected to put strong moral pressure on the government-of-the-day to give in to their demand for power distribution to the needy.’
- ‘Society is very active in mobilizing moral pressure.’
- ‘Economic pressure is certainly one piece of the strategy, but moral pressure is also needed.’
- ‘A chess match is nothing like battle, though, just as gory video games can't capture the uncertainty and moral pressure of actual warfare.’
- ‘The likelihood is that Harney has no big stick with which to beat insurers, and can only exert moral pressure.’
- ‘Scrupulous compliance with laws and social conventions is widespread because of moral pressure from fellow citizens.’
- ‘Through detective work, negotiation and moral pressure the investigators have been winning settlements from governments, galleries and collectors from Austria to Argentina.’
- ‘A mass political strike is not a mechanical impediment to war, but a means of moral pressure.’
- ‘Manchester councillors are using a combination of muscle and moral pressure to stop sales until three weeks before November 5.’
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