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coercion (kəʊˈɜːʃən Pronunciation for coercion



  1. the act or power of coercing
  2. government by force

Derived Forms

coˈercionist noun
coercive (kəʊˈɜːsɪv Pronunciation for coercive  adjective
coˈercively adverb
coˈerciveness noun


View thesaurus entry
= force, pressure, threats, bullying, constraint, intimidation, compulsion, duress, browbeating, strong-arm tactics

Translations for 'coercion'

  • British English: coercion Coercion is the act or process of persuading someone forcefully to do something that they do not want to do. NOUNIt was vital that the elections should be free of coercion or intimidation.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: coerção
  • Chinese: 胁迫胁脅迫
  • European Spanish: coacción
  • French: contrainte
  • German: Zwang
  • Italian: coercizione
  • Japanese: 強制
  • Korean: 강요
  • Portuguese: coerção
  • Spanish: coacción

Example Sentences Including 'coercion'

A hegemonic order is therefore characterized by a maximum of consent, and a minimum of coercion.
Overbeek, Henk Global Capitalism and National Decline
But there will be others, people you don't even suspect, for whom the coercion will last less than a day.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
DISPUTES about wills, as well as wedlock, raise issues of coercion.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Karl, now at Chemnitz of the German Third Division, is being held on suspicion of fraud, plotting a crime and coercion.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
No matter how it is dressed up, there is an element of coercion.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The Harshini prohibition on coercion isn't some altruistic principle.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
The ones you think most likely to object may take to the coercion like it was mother's milk.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
There is domination but it is legitimated neither by the force of coercion nor by the consent of the will of the people.
Spiked (2005)
``It does a good job in reducing incidents of coercion on sites.
The Australian (2004)


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