Etymology
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coerce (v.)

mid-15c., cohercen, "restrain or constrain by force of law or authority," from Old French cohercier, from Latin coercere "to control, restrain, shut up together," from assimilated form of com- "together" (see co-) + arcere "to enclose, confine, contain, ward off," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane). The unetymological -h- was perhaps by influence of cohere. Related: Coerced; coercing. No record of the word between late 15c. and mid-17c.; its reappearance 1650s is perhaps a back-formation from coercion.

updated on January 10, 2018

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Definitions of coerce from WordNet

coerce (v.)
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means;
Synonyms: hale / squeeze / pressure / force
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