Definition of coercion in US English:



  • The practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.

    ‘it wasn't slavery because no coercion was used’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is really your opportunity to be yourself, to do something without coercion from others.’
    • ‘He denied he had made the confession under coercion and threat, as alleged by his father.’
    • ‘If psychiatry is to move forward it is necessary, but not sufficient, to resist state coercion and to listen to patients.’
    force, compulsion, constraint, duress, oppression, enforcement, harassment, intimidation, threats, insistence, demand, arm-twisting, pressure, pressurization, influence
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