Meaning of coerce

co•erce

Pronunciation: (kō-ûrs'), [key]
— -erced, -erc•ing.
  1. to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, esp. without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document.
  2. to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact: to coerce obedience.
  3. to dominate or control, esp. by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.: The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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