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Definitions of coercion

  1. the act of compelling by force of authority Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. using force to cause something; "though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game"; "they didn`t have to use coercion" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act or process of coercing. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The application to another of either physical or moral force. When the force is physical, and cannot be resisted, then the act produced by it is a nullity, so far as concerns the party coerced. When the force is moral, then the act, though voidable, is imputable to the party doing it, unless he be so paralyzed by terror as to act convulsively. At the same time coercion is not negatived by the fact of submission under force. "Coactus volui" (I consented under compulsion) is the condition of mind which, when there is volition forced by coercion, annuls the result of such coercion. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance. Force or the power to use force in gaining compliance as in potential or actual action by a government. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed) Medical Dictionary DB
  6. The act of constraining; compulsion. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. The act or process of coercing: restraint. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Compulsion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Restraint; check, particularly by law or authority; compulsion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
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  11. The application to another of either physical or moral force. When the force is physical, and cannot be resisted, then the act produced by it is a nullity, so far as concerns the party coerced. When the force is moral, then the act, though voidable, is imputable to the party doing it, unless he be so paralyzed by terror as to act convulsively. At the same time coercion is not negatived by the fact of submission under force. Wharton. dictgcide_fs
  12. Controlling of voluntary agent or action by force; government by force; esp. of Ireland by suspension of ordinary liberties (C. Act, Bill, with such exceptional provisions). Hence coercionary a., coercionist n. & a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  13. n. Compulsory force; restraint; —legal or authoritative power. Cabinet Dictionary
  14. Penal restraint, check. Complete Dictionary

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