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coerce

verb [T] uk   /kəʊˈɜːs/ us    /koʊˈɝːs/ formal
to persuade someone forcefully to do something that they are unwilling to do: The court heard that the six defendants had been coerced into making a confession.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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