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From Old French cohercion, from Latin coercitiō(magesterial coercion), from coercere, past participle coercitus(to restrain, coerce), from cum(with) + arceō(to shut in, enclose); see coerce.


  • IPA(key): /koʊˈɜɹʒən/, /koʊˈɜɹʃən/
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coercion (countable and uncountable, plural coercions)

  1. (not countable) Actual or threatened force for the purpose of compelling action by another person; the act of coercing.
  2. (law, not countable) Use of physical or moral force to compel a person to do something, or to abstain from doing something, thereby depriving that person of the exercise of free will.
  3. (countable) A specific instance of coercing.
  4. (programming, countable) Conversion of a value of one data type to a value of another data type.

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One of three common words ending in -cion, which are coercion, scion, and suspicion.[1][2]


  1. ^ Notes and Queries, Vol. VI, No. 10, 1889, October, p. 365
  2. ^ Editor and Publisher, Volume 9, 1909, p. 89