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coercion

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EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /koʊˈɜrʒən/, /koʊˈɜrʃən/

NounEdit

coercion (plural coercions)

  1. (not countable) Actual or threatened force for the purpose of compelling action by another person; the act of coercing.
  2. (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.
  3. (countable) A specific instance of coercing.
  4. (computing, countable) Conversion of a value of one data type to a value of another data type.

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