verb (used with object), co·erced, co·erc·ing.
- to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition: They coerced him into signing the document.
- to bring about through the use of force or other forms of compulsion; exact: to coerce obedience.
- to dominate or control, especially by exploiting fear, anxiety, etc.: The state is based on successfully coercing the individual.
- (tr) to compel or restrain by force or authority without regard to individual wishes or desires
v.mid-15c., cohercen, from Middle French cohercer, from Latin coercere “to control, restrain, shut up together,” from com- “together” (see co-) + arcere “to enclose, confine, contain, ward off,” from PIE *ark- “to hold, contain, guard” (see arcane). Related: Coerced; coercing. No record of the word between late 15c. and mid-17c.; its reappearance 1650s is perhaps a back-formation from coercion.