coerce

Meaning(s)

1. make somebody do something against their will by using threats or force

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I was coerced into doing it

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The verb to coerce means to persuade someone to do something by exerting force, using blackmail or by threatening them.

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  1. The company were accused of employing overly aggressive sales tactics to coerce people into using their services.
  2. I had no intention of resigning, but I was coerced into doing it.
  3. Alex tried to coerce Sandra into taking the blame for the project's failure, but she stood her ground and refused to be intimidated.

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  1. Some young people are coerced into university courses that they don't really want to take by well-meaning parents.
  2. The principal coerced me into telling him who was to blame by threatening to suspend me from the school.

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