What does the word coercive mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Coercing or tending to coerce.

Usage examples for coercive

  1. To think that you are able by social disapproval or other coercive means to crush a man's opinion, is as one who should fire a blunderbuss to put out a star. – On Compromise by John Morley
  2. This Society do not wish to see any coercive or dangerous measures pursued. – An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans by Lydia Maria Child
  3. Our intention in sending Morris with a respectable force, was to try whether peace could be forced by a coercive enterprise on their town. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson