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English definition of “coercion”

coercion

noun [U] uk   /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 obtain the statement illegally.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
(Definition of coercion from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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