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Definition of "coerce" []

  • To force to act or think in a certain way by use of pressure, threats, or intimidation; compel. (verb-transitive)
  • To dominate, restrain, or control forcibly: coerced the strikers into compliance. See Synonyms at force. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring about by force or threat: efforts to coerce agreement. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "coerce" in a sentence
  • "Its implicit definition of "coerce" is ... strange."
  • "Should you or someone you know and can coerce is interested is this contact me."
  • "And I've certainly been the target of attempts to "coerce" - as has anyone who has read a blog post pushing a certain position."