from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To force to act or think in a certain way by use of pressure, threats, or intimidation; compel.
- transitive v. To dominate, restrain, or control forcibly: coerced the strikers into compliance. See Synonyms at force.
- transitive v. To bring about by force or threat: efforts to coerce agreement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb.
- v. to use force, threat, fraud, or intimidation in attempt to compel one to act against his will.
- v. to force an attribute, normally of a data type, to take on the attribute of another data type.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb.
- transitive v. To compel or constrain to any action.
- transitive v. To compel or enforce.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To restrain or constrain by force, as by the force of law or authority; especially, compel to compliance; constrain to obedience or submission in a vigorous or forcible manner.
- To deprive of by force; restrain of.
- To enforce; compel by forcible action: as, to coerce obedience.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :
Its implicit definition of "coerce" is ... strange.
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And I've certainly been the target of attempts to "coerce" - as has anyone who has read a blog post pushing a certain position.
More broadly, the fundamental point is that once you have decided you are going to "coerce" a person into telling you what you want to hear with any of these means -- waterboarding, sleep deprivation, hypothermia, etc. -- you have committed to torturing them.
Yet it unequivocally states that the People "Shall not" (imperative) "coerce" the government, without defining what form such "coercion" takes.
Maybe if you felt the government had no power to "coerce" religion, you would not fear the employee of the government (no more than a human being, like all others, whose paycheck is funded by tax revenues rahter than commerce) having any power to affect religius conversion beyond what any other person you might meet that wishes to express their religious views.
You don't need to "coerce" the converted.. the Supreme Court of Canada clearly reflects the interests and ideals of the Government who appointed them.. and they are completely devoid of direct political pressure..
In what sense does Dawkins want to "coerce" people into his belief?
As you can see, my choice of the word "coerce" was spot on.
Ma thereby willfully ignores the fact that the very existence of these publicly-funded shrines marks nothing less than a campaign by the KMT to use state power to "coerce" all of the 23 million Taiwan people into "adhering" to its own Chiang cult.