duress duress  /ˈdʊ rɛs/


  • (n) compulsory force or threat


  1. He is to be celebrated for his work, his kindness, his humor under duress, and for a noble heart.
  2. Nobody ever expects anybody on a reasonable basis to sign any document under duress.
  3. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a marriage is considered forced if there is any duress, whether physical or mental, to marry.


  1. Gazprom Says It Was Forced to Back Lithuania’s Utility Split

    Russia ’s OAO Gazprom (OGZD) said it voted under duress to split up Lietuvos Dujos AB at a meeting of the Lithuanian natural-gas utility’s shareholders today and reserved all legal rights to contest the decision.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  2. Budget items target fish science

    Three initiatives now included within the fiscal 2014 state budget hold hope for a Massachusetts fishing industry under increasing duress due to landing cuts imposed by NOAA based on controversial scientific fish stock assessments and the agency's in
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Gloucester Daily Times


  1. Coach Jim Tressel said of Pryor, "Every snap he gets, he learns from. He was under duress tonight."
    on Oct 4, 2008 By: Jim Tressel Source: WHIOtv.com

  2. "I told him, `Don't make a decision under duress because everybody wants you to,' and I don't fault him for delaying it," Batch told the AP. "Just because it's the first day, it doesn't mean he has to sign today."
    on Feb 6, 2008 By: Charlie Batch Source: Washington Post

  3. Anwar said in his statement on Sunday the new allegations were "a repeat of the methods used against me in 1998 when false allegations were made under duress".
    on Jun 29, 2008 By: Anwar Ibrahim Source: International Herald Tribune

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