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coerce (verb), coerces; coerced; coercing
1. To force or cause to act or think in a certain way by use of pressure, threats, or intimidation; to compel: Thomas, who was quite lazy at home and had nothing really to do, was coerced into getting a job by his wife.
2. To dominate, restrain, or control forcibly by physical, moral or intellectual means: It is sad that some parents coerce their children by punishing them severely when they accidentally do something wrong.
3. Etymology: from about 1451, from Middle French cohercer, from Latin coercere "to control, to restrain"; from com-, "together" plus arcere, "to enclose, to confine, to contain, to ward off".
To restrain by force or to compell an action.
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