coercive

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Etymology[edit]

from coerce + -ive

Adjective[edit]

coercive (comparative more coercive, superlative most coercive)

  1. Displaying a tendency or intent to coerce.
    • 2006 July 19, Washington Post Staff Writers, "U.S. Is Studying Military Strike Options on Iran",Washington Post p.A01
      The Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran to abandon its alleged nuclear development program, according to U.S. officials and independent analysts.

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