coercion coercion  /koʊ ˈɜr ʃən/


  1. (n) the act of compelling by force of authority
  2. (n) using force to cause something to occur


  1. Such reliance on ignorance and thinly veiled coercion is deeply troubling.
  2. And it is liberals, not conservatives, who see government coercion as the key to getting things done.
  3. In the broad sense, there was coercion.


  1. Theater Listings for June 14-20

    Here Lies Love An invigorating poperetta, conceived by David Byrne, that sets a new standard for audience participation. Or do I mean coercion?
    on June 14, 2013     Source: New York Times

  2. Down the Wrong Path: Book Details Psychiatry's Lack of Objective Science

    Psychiatry -- which uses well-intentioned coercion, unscientific diagnoses and psychoactive drugs that do as much harm as good -- is a science that is off course, according to a new book co-written by Tomi Gomory, an associate professor in the Florida State University College of Social Work.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Newswise

  3. Column: Power and concepts

    Capitalist coercion of information leads to the destruction of values. We have natural values. If we were to implement these values, it would undermine capitalist hierarchies. Elite institutions destroy the values, thereby destroying the threat. Since elite groups can no longer use violence upon the population at any whim, they have evolved other mechanisms to stop us from achieving the society ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The California Aggie


  1. "Promoting science isn't just about providing resources, it is also about protecting free and open inquiry," Obama said. "It is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to...
    on Mar 9, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: MSNBC

  2. Earlier this week the Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Western countries that if they continued to issue "threats and enforcement of coercion and violence, then undoubtedly they must know that the Iranian authorities will use all...
    on Mar 23, 2007 By: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Source: BBC News

  3. "I am very concerned about these pictures and any indication of pressure on or coercion of our personnel," said Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett.
    on Mar 28, 2007 By: Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett Source: Guardian Unlimited

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