coercion

coercion
co·er·cion /kō-'ər-zhən, -shən/ n: the use of express or implied threats of violence or reprisal (as discharge from employment) or other intimidating behavior that puts a person in immediate fear of the consequences in order to compel that person to act against his or her will; also: the defense that one acted under coercion see also defense, duress compare undue influence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

coercion
I noun blackmail, bondage, brute force, coercitio, command, compulsion, constraint, constraint by force, control, dictation, duress, exaction, exigency, extortion, force, forcing, illegal compulsion, impelling, inducement, insistence, intimidation, moral compulsion, necessity, negative compulsion, oppression, oppressive exaction, pressure, prevailing, prohibition, repression, restraint, strong arm tactics, threat, undue influence, unlawful compulsion associated concepts: coercive conduct, duress, extortion, coercion of employees foreign phrases:
- Extortio est crimen quando quis colore, officii extorquet quod non est debitum, vel supra debitum, vel ante tempus quod est debitum. — Extortion is a crime when, by color of office, any person extorts that which is not due, or more than is due, or before the time when it is due
- Nihil consensui tarn contrarium est quam vis atque metus. — Nothing is so opposed to consent as force and fear
- Vis legibus est inimica. — Force is inimical to the laws
II index constraint (restriction), duress, extortion, force (compulsion), oppression, pressure, stress (strain)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


coercion
n.
1 Constrain or restrain by physical force or the threat of such force.
2 The improper use of economic power to alter, shape, or otherwise control the actions of another.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


coercion
The intimidation of a victim to compel the individual to do some act against his or her will by the use of psychological pressure, physical force, or threats. The crime of intentionally and unlawfully restraining another's freedom by threatening to commit a crime, accusing the victim of a crime, disclosing any secret that would seriously impair the victim's reputation in the community, or by performing or refusing to perform an official action lawfully requested by the victim, or by causing an official to do so.
A defense asserted in a criminal prosecution that a person who committed a crime did not do so of his or her own free will, but only because the individual was compelled by another through the use of physical force or threat of immediate serious bodily injury or death.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


coercion
The intimidation of a victim to compel the individual to do some act against his or her will by the use of psychological pressure, physical force, or threats. The crime of intentionally and unlawfully restraining another's freedom by threatening to commit a crime, accusing the victim of a crime, disclosing any secret that would seriously impair the victim's reputation in the community, or by performing or refusing to perform an official action lawfully requested by the victim, or by causing an official to do so.
 
A defense asserted in a criminal prosecution that a person who committed a crime did not do so of his or her own free will, but only because the individual was compelled by another through the use of physical force or threat of immediate serious bodily injury or death.

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