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coerce

Definition of coerce

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Verb

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

  1. To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb.
  2. (transitive) to use force, threat, fraud, or intimidation in attempt to compel one to act against his will.
  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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