• WordNet 3.6
    • v coerce to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city" "He squeezed her for information"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coerce To compel or constrain to any action; as, to coerce a man to vote for a certain candidate.
    • Coerce To compel or enforce; as, to coerce obedience.
    • Coerce To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb. "Punishments are manifold, that they may coerce this profligate sort."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • coerce To restrain or constrain by force, as by the force of law or authority; especially, compel to compliance; constrain to obedience or submission in a vigorous or forcible manner.
    • coerce To deprive of by force; restrain of.
    • coerce To enforce; compel by forcible action: as, tocoerce obedience.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Coerce kō-ėrs′ to restrain by force: to compel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. coërcere,; co-, + arcere, to shut up, to press together. See Ark
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. coercēreco-, together, arcēre, to shut in.


In literature:

You haven't perhaps yet been acquainted with the fact that the Specialities are never coerced to attend prayers.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
They coerced men with sentimental arguments to which there were no replies.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
On that general's arrival Paris could, if necessary, be coerced by force of arms.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
It guides, it need not coerce or necessitate, though it may.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
Morley managed the affair in such a manner that I did what he wished without knowing I was being coerced.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
MRS. S. Yes, she does, and you wouldn't be brute enough to coerce her young affections, would you?
"Three Hats" by Alfred Debrun
To coerce men is a useless endeavor.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
His one great fault in the eyes of his partners was that he hated to divvy his winnings and at times had to be coerced into sharing equally.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
But if Houck was coercing her because of her fears for Tolliver, it was possible this might be a factor in determining June to marry him.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Jefferson at first preferred to coerce the European powers by retaliatory legislation.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
Cuba was being coerced by an European power and, of course, we had to stop it.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
If I be indeed involved in mental darkness, 'tis for you to enlighten me with argument, not coerce me with chains.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
To use the army or navy in coercing a state meant nothing less than civil war.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
Never in her life had she been coerced by force.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
This she said to coerce Maryanne into the match.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
Driven, lured, coerced, these Aryan tribes have inundated the earth.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
He failed signally, raising only a new issue by his attempt to coerce Congress.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
It coerces them, indirectly, but quite as effectively as if he were their master.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
As for this agreeable youth, who certainly had been her lover, he must be coerced into silence, threatened, cajoled, bought.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
The former tried to coerce people into being good, and so destroyed the natural goodness of man.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

Coercing my godhead I have come down
Here on the sordid earth,
Ignorant, labouring, human grown
Twixt the gates of death and birth.
"A God's Labour" by Aurobindo Ghose

In news:

Has the United States Lost Its Power to Peacefully Coerce Other Nations.
Columbus man sentenced for coercing teen into having sex.
Introduces Science to Justice System Long Reliant on Coerced Evidence.
Free, Coerced, and In-Between .
Levi Aron, charged with the gruesome slaying of a Brooklyn boy, was coerced into confessing and will use an insanity defense, his attorney said Monday.
Not even a half-smile could be coerced with some of them.
A Columbus man will spend nearly 16 years in prison for striking up a relationship with a minor online and coercing her into illicit sexual conduct, according to the US Attorney's Office.
Tracey Gulley, a Dallas County deputy constable, is accused of engaging in organized crime by coercing Evans' employees into selling raffle tickets to help fund his re-election campaigns.
Nurse coerced to implant wrong pacemaker .
A nurse alleges in a lawsuit that her employer coerced her doctor into implanting the wrong kind of pacemaker as part of a plan to win a $1 million kickback from the manufacturer.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, for example, coerces states into deeming the maximum number of kids " proficient " on their tests, but leaves it up to the individual states to determine what score qualifies as passing.
Robert Paul Davis says his confession to murder was coerced.
Dwight "Malachi" York alleges prosecutors mishandled his 2004 child molestation trial and that witnesses were coerced.
The admission was from the heart and it wasn't coerced.
Between 1933-1973, more than 7,600 citizens were coerced or chose to undergo sterilization .

In science:

Note also that “genuinely voluntary exchange” is listed only at rank 5 and behind “exchange coerced by unequal power”.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review
It uses the methods base(), depth(), lift() and factory() to convert Python ob jects to RingElem ob jects and then to adjust and coerce types, so that the __X__ operations are well defined.
Symbolic Script Programming for Java
Imperial rulers can choose from two strategies to coerce the people to work for the elite: 1984, which uses physical force; or Brave New World, which uses psychology.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
Using the Hamiltonian constraint is one of many tricks used in numerical relativity to coerce better stability properties from the evolution equations.
A Smooth Lattice construction of the Oppenheimer-Snyder spacetime
At about the same time, John coerced the FOL proof-checking system to construct a 50-step proof that A(x, y , z ) has the simple form stated above .
Textbook examples of recursion