coercion

  

Definition

Improper use (or threat of improper use) of authority, economic power, physical force, or other such advantage, by a party to compel another to submit to the wishes of its wielder. Agreements entered into, or testaments signed, under coercion are considered illegal and invalid. See also duress and undue influence.

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  • The contract was nullified after it was found out that the union president had used coercion to made the company president sign it.

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  • The threat of coercion came in a memo today to the people from the military group stating if they didn't do what was asked of them, force would be used to obtain the means they desired.

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  • Several former employees of the company came forward and talked about the coercion involved in getting customers to renew their contracts even when they obviously weren't interested

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