coercion

(noun) The act or practice of compelling an individual or group either intellectually, morally or physically to do something.

Example: Threatening a person’s life or offering political favors for votes.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: coercions
  • Coercion often comes from those in a position of authority or power.
  • A type of support.
  • A (noun) coercionist or (noun) coercer (verb) coerces others who are (adjective) coercible using (adjective) coercive or (adjective) coercionary tactics to (adverb) coercively create (noun) coerciveness

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How to Cite the Definition of Coercion

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “coercion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/coercion/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

coercion. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/coercion/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “coercion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/coercion/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“coercion.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/coercion/>.