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Synonyms for coerce

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, force(verb)

    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


  1. coerce(verb)

    compel, bully, dragoon

  2. coerce(verb)

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

    bully, compel, dragoon

  3. coerce(verb)

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

    compel, bully, dragoon

  4. coerce(verb)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. coerce(v. a.)

    restrain, curb, check, put under restraint

  2. coerce(v. a.)

    compel, force, drive, constrain

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. coerce(v)

    constrain, compel, intimidate, restrain

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    compel, oblige, constrain

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  1. Stan Shaw:

    Defacing it by taking the arms off or anything of that nature -- it's just a slap in the face for World War I veterans, i don't see how a static cross can coerce anybody into a state religion.

  2. Cody Wofsy:

    It is part of the administration's campaign to coerce and bully state and local governments to adopt policies it prefers.

  3. Bill Jack:

    It’s unequal treatment before the law. The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act is being used to coerce businesses to participate in events that violate their consciences.

  4. Kent Yalowitz:

    There was extensive evidence that the orchestrated terrorism campaign was not only to coerce and intimidate the government of Israel but also to coerce and intimate the government of the United States.

  5. 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.

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