coerce

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin coercere (to surround, encompass, restrain, control, curb), from co- (together) + arcere (to inclose, confine, keep off); see arcade, arcane, ark.

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coerce (third-person singular simple present coerces, present participle coercing, simple past and past participle coerced)

  1. (transitive) To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb.
  2. (transitive) To use force, threat, fraud, or intimidation in an attempt to compel one to act against their will.
    They coerced their children into going to the country park.
  3. (transitive, computing) To force an attribute, normally of a data type, to take on the attribute of another data type.

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coercē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of coerceō