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vb. To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb. To compel or constrain to any action; as, to coerce a man to vote for a certain candidate. To compel or enforce; as, to coerce obedience.


Syn. - To Coerce, Compel. To compel denotes to urge on by force which cannot be resisted. The term applies equally to physical and moral force; as, compelled by hunger; compelled adverse circumstances; compelled by parental affection. Coerce had at first only the negative sense of checking or restraining by force; as, to coerce a bad man by punishments or a prisoner with fetters. It has now gained a positive sense., viz., that of driving a person into the performance of some act which is required of him by another; as, to coerce a man to sign a contract; to coerce obedience. In this sense coerce differs but little from compel, and yet there is a distinction between them. Coercion is usually accomplished by indirect means, as threats and intimidation, physical force being more rarely employed in coercing.

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