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English definition of “coerce”

coerce

verb [T]     /kəʊˈɜːs/ formal
to make someone do something that they do not want to do: [+ into + doing sth] Employees said they were coerced into signing the agreement.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
coercion     /kəʊˈɜːʃən/ noun [U] They accused the police of coercion.
(Definition of coerce verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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