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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 obtain the statement illegally .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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