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English definition of “coercion”

coercion

noun [U]     /kəʊˈɜː.ʃən/ US  /koʊˈɝː-/ formal
the use of force to persuade someone to do something that they are unwilling to do: He claimed the police had used coercion, threats and promises to illegally obtain the statement.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
(Definition of coercion noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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