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Meaning of duress

du•ress

Pronunciation: (doo-res', dyoo-, door'is, dyoor'-), [key]
— n.
  1. compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint.
  2. such constraint or coercion as will render void a contract or other legal act entered or performed under its influence.
  3. forcible restraint, esp. imprisonment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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