Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An impelling or restraining force; a compulsion.
  • noun Joint action.
  • noun Ecology Any of the reciprocal actions or effects, such as symbiosis, that can occur in a community.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Force; compulsion, either in restraining or in impelling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Force; compulsion, either in restraining or impelling.

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  • noun obsolete force; compulsion, either in restraining or impelling

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun act of working jointly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English coaccioun, from Latin coāctiō, coāctiōn-, a collecting, from coāctus, past participle of cōgere, to collect, condense; see coagulum. Senses 2 and 3 : co– + action.]

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Latin coactio.

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