The definition of coercion refers to the act of persuading or convincing someone to do something using force or other unethical means.
When you threaten someone harm if they do not sign a contract, this is an example of coercion.
- the act or power of coercing
- government by force
Origin of coercionClassical Latin coercio
- The act or practice of coercing.
- Power or ability to coerce.
- (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.