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co·erce  audio  (k-ûrs) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
co·erced, co·erc·ing, co·erc·es
  1. To force to act or think in a certain way by use of pressure, threats, or intimidation; compel.
  2. To dominate, restrain, or control forcibly: coerced the strikers into compliance. See Synonyms at force.
  3. To bring about by force or threat: efforts to coerce agreement.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin coercre, to control, restrain : co-, co- + arcre, to enclose, confine

OTHER FORMS:
co·ercer(Noun), co·erci·ble(Adjective)


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