From Cambridge Dictionary


to persuade someone forcefully to do something that they are unwilling to do:

The court heard that the six defendants had been coerced into making a confession.




verb (used with object), co·erced, co·erc·ing.

to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition:

They coerced him into signing the document.

to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact:

to coerce obedience.

to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.:

The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.

From Merriam Webster

Coerce verb

Definition of coerce

1 : to compel to an act or choice was coerced into agreeing

abusers who coerce their victims into silence

2 : to achieve by force or threat

coerce compliance, coerce obedience

3 : to restrain or dominate by force

religion in the past has tried to coerce the irreligious— W. R. Inge

Examples of coerce in a Sentence:

A confession was coerced from the suspect by police.

was coerced into signing the document

Recent Examples on the Web

The charges include an offense of violence and a charge defined as a federal crime of terrorism — destroying property to intimidate or coerce the government — punishable by up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.

— Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021

And in 2019, the GAO ruled against President Trump’s hold on Ukrainian aid to coerce the country’s leaders to hand over political ammunition on potential Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.

— Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 15 June 2021