From Old French cohercion, from Latin coercitiō (“magesterial coercion”), from coercere, past participle coercitus (“to restrain, coerce”), from cum (“with”) + arceō (“to shut in, enclose”); see coerce.
coercion (plural coercions)
- (not countable) Actual or threatened force for the purpose of compelling action by another person; the act of coercing.
- (law, not countable) Use of physical or moral force to compel a person to do something, or to abstain from doing something, thereby depriving that person of the exercise of free will.
- (countable) A specific instance of coercing.
- (computing, countable) Conversion of a value of one data type to a value of another data type.
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