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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Coercion

Meaning of Coercion

The term involves threats or force or intimidation . People v Waters, 268 N. Y.S. 2d 203, 49 Misc.2d 566.

Coercion Alternative Definition

Constraint; compulsion; force. Direct or positive coercion takes place when a man is by physical force compelled to do an act contrary to his will. For example, when a man falls into the hands of the enemies of his country, and they compel him, by a just fear of death, to fight against it. Implied coercion exists where a person is legally under subjection to another, and land, in the Baltic sea. It was the capital I is induced, in consequence of such subjea tion, to do an act contrary to his will. See Duress.

Synonyms of Coercion


  • blackmail
  • bondage
  • brute force
  • coercitio
  • command
  • compulsion
  • constraint
  • constraint by force
  • control
  • dictation
  • duress
  • exaction
  • exigency
  • extortion
  • force
  • forcing
  • illegal compulsion
  • impelling
  • inducement
  • insistence
  • intimidation
  • moral compulsion
  • necessity
  • negative compulsion
  • oppression
  • oppressive exaction
  • pressure
  • prevailing
  • prohibition
  • repression
  • restraint
  • strong arm tactics
  • threat
  • undue influence
  • unlawful compulsion
  • Associated Concepts: coercive conduct
  • duress
  • extortion
  • coercion of employeesforeign phrases: Extortio est crimen quando quis colore
  • officii extorquet quod non est debitum
  • vel supra debitum
  • vel ante tempus quod est debitum
  • Extortion is a crime when
  • by color of office
  • any person extorts that which is not due
  • or more than is due
  • or before the time when it is due
  • Nihil consensui tarn contrarium est quam vis atque metus
  • Nothing is so opposed to consent as force and fear
  • Vis legibus est inimica
  • Force is inimical to the laws

Definition of Coercion in the Free Online Notary Dictionary

Forced Or Compelled Into Doing Something, Through Fear, Intimidation, And/or Threats. A Notary Should Refuse To Notarize A Signature Or Acknowledgment Unless All Parties Are Willingly Involved.

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Related Entries of Coercion in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Coercion in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Bribery, Compel, Compelled, Compulsion, Imprisonment, Release.

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Coercion in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

Compulsion; constraint; duress. Implied or legal coercion is when a person, under legal subjection to another, is induced to do an act involuntarily.

Note: This legal definition of Coercion in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

Coercion in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of coercion.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Coercion

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Coercion :

A defence available only to married women who have committed a crime (other than murder or treason) in the presence of, and under pressure from, their husbands. Its scope is unclear but may be wider than that of *duress in that it may cover economic and moral as well as physical pressure, though unlike duress it has to be proved (See burden of proof). If a wife is acquitted on grounds of coercion, her husband may be liable for the offence in question through his wife’s innocent agency and/or for a crime involving a *threat.

Definition of Coercion

The Canada social science dictionary [1] provides the following meaning of Coercion: The use of force or commands to gain obedience without willing consent of the individual.

Coercion: Resources

Notes and References

  • Drislane, R., & Parkinson, G. (2016). (Concept of) Coercion. Online dictionary of the social sciences. Open University of Canada



See Also

  • Governance
  • Authority
  • Contract Enforcement
  • Deterrence
  • Hegemony
  • Power
  • State Building

Further Reading

  • George, A. (1991). Forceful persuasion: Coercive diplomacy
    as an alternative to war. Washington, DC: The United
    States Institute of Peace Press.
    Hobbes, T. (1968). Leviathan. London: Pelican Press.
    Pape, R, A. (1996). Bombing to win: Air power and coercion
    in war. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Schelling, T. (1960). The strategy of conflict. Cambridge,
    MA: Harvard University Press.
    Shakespeare, W. (1998). Henry V. New York: Signet Classics.
    Thucydides. (1998). The Peloponnesian War (S. Lattimore,
    Trans.) (Book V, pp. 294 301). Indianapolis, IN: Hackett.
    Tilly, C. (1990). Coercion, Capital, and European states
    990 1990 A.D. Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell.
    Weber, M. (2004). The vocation lectures. (D. S. Owen &
    T. B. Strong, Eds.; Rodney Livingstone, Trans.).
    Indianapolis, IN: Hackett.
  • Coercion in the Encyclopedia of Governance, Mark Bevir – University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2007, SAGE Publications


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