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Synonyms for coerce

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  1. coerceverb

    compel, bully, dragoon

  2. coerceverb

    To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb.

    bully, compel, dragoon

  3. coerceverb

    to use force, threat, fraud, or intimidation in attempt to compel one to act against his will.

    compel, bully, dragoon

  4. coerceverb

    to force an attribute, normally of a data type, to take on the attribute of another data type.

    dragoon, compel, bully

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. coerce

    To compel one to an act is to secure its performance by the use of irresistible physical or moral force. Force implies primarily an actual physical process, absolutely subduing all resistance. Coerce implies the actual or potential use of so much force as may be necessary to secure the surrender of the will; the American secessionists contended that the Federal government had no right to coerce a State. Constrain implies the yielding of judgment and will, and in some cases of inclination or affection, to an overmastering power; as, "the love of Christ constraineth us," 2 Cor. v, 14. Compare DRIVE; INFLUENCE.

    See synonyms for HINDER.

    compel, constrain, drive, force, make, necessitate, oblige

    The soldiers were compelled to desertion: preferably with the infinitive, compelled to desert.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. coerce

    restrain, inhibit, impel, compel, drive, counteract, check, constrain, force, confine, intimidate

    permit, persuade, urge, instigate, encourage, liberate, induce, seduce, tempt

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, forceverb

    to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"

    "He squeezed her for information"

    draw, storm, blackjack, pressure, crush, thrust, rack, ram, hale, press, blackmail, twitch, gouge, tweet, embrace, impel, force, shove, twinge, compress, hug, drive, constrict, cart, contract, extort, stuff, squeeze, squash, compact, pinch, drag, wring, mash, push, bosom, wedge, squelch, pull, haul

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. coerceverb

    restrain, curb, check, put under restraint

  2. coerceverb

    compel, force, drive, constrain

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. coerceverb

    constrain, compel, intimidate, restrain

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "coerce":

    compel, oblige, constrain

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How to use coerce in a sentence?

  1. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi:

    Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.

  2. Katherine Zimmerman:

    ISIS has made Al Qaeda seem less radical, less extreme, only because Al Qaeda will not employ the barbaric tactics that ISIS does to coerce and win loyalty through fear. Yet they seek the same goal, the problem with focusing on just ISIS or just Al Qaeda is that the U.S. has missed the real enemy—the Salafi-jihadi movement—of which Al Qaeda and ISIS are two global organizations.

  3. Amy Schumer:

    If you have a doctor that makes you uncomfortable, or you get a massage, or you have a date with someone and they coerce you in a situation like the Aziz one, I don’t think there’s any sort of criminal charge, but I think that it’s good for everybody to learn that that behavior’s not acceptable, it’s not a crime, but it’s not cool. And it can still really mess with a woman.

  4. Todd Sechser:

    Russia has now played most of its escalatory cards, and doesn't have many tools left for resolving this crisis in its favor. The nuclear alert seems like more an act of frustration than a calculated tactical move, if the nuclear alert was intended to coerce the United States and Europe into tempering economic sanctions or abandoning Ukraine, it failed. If anything, it has served to further inflame world opinion against Russia.

  5. Brittany McBride:

    This helps kids commit it to muscle memory so when they get to conversations about sex if they are looking for an affirmative' yes' and get the' no,' they won't coerce because they know how to handle the situation.

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