Coercive measures are intended to force people to do something that they do not want to do.

...increasingly coercive measures on the part of the state...

The eighteenth-century Admiralty had few coercive powers over its officers.

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  • Coercive — Co*er cive, a. Serving or intended to coerce; having power to constrain. {Co*er cive*ly}, adv. Co*er cive*ness, n. [1913 Webster] Coercive power can only influence us to outward practice. Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster] {Coercive force} or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coercive — co·er·cive /kō ər siv/ adj 1: serving or intended to coerce 2: resulting from coercion to protect women from coercive intimacy Kimberle Crenshaw Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • coercive — c.1600, from COERCE (Cf. coerce) + IVE (Cf. ive). Form coercitive (attested from 1630s) is more true to Latin …   Etymology dictionary

  • coercive — [kō ʉrsiv] adj. of coercion or tending to coerce coercively adv. coerciveness n …   English World dictionary

  • coercive — adjective Date: circa 1600 serving or intended to coerce < coercive power > < coercive measures > • coercively adverb • coerciveness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coercive — adjective Displaying a tendency or intent to coerce. The Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran to abandon its alleged nuclear development… …   Wiktionary

  • coercive — adj. Coercive is used with these nouns: ↑diplomacy, ↑interrogation …   Collocations dictionary

  • coercive — co|er|cive [kəuˈə:sıv US kouˈə:r ] adj formal using threats or orders to make someone do something they do not want to do ▪ coercive measures to reduce absenteeism >coercively adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • coercive — adjective using threats or orders to make someone do something they do not want to do: coercive measures to reduce absenteeism coercively adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • coercive — coerce ► VERB ▪ persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats. DERIVATIVES coercion noun coercive adjective. ORIGIN Latin coercere restrain …   English terms dictionary

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