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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [koh-ur-siv]
    • /koʊˈɜr sɪv/
    • /kəʊˈɜː.sɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koh-ur-siv]
    • /koʊˈɜr sɪv/

Definitions of coercive word

  • adjective coercive Coercive measures are intended to force people to do something that they do not want to do. 3
  • adjective coercive of coercion or tending to coerce 3
  • adjective coercive serving or tending to coerce. 1
  • noun coercive Relating to or using force or threats. 1
  • adjective coercive bullying, forcing 1
  • adjective coercive Displaying a tendency or intent to coerce. 0

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Origin of coercive

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
First recorded in 1590-1600; coerce + -ive

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Parts of speech for Coercive


coercive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for coercive

adj coercive

  • bullying — the intimidation of weaker people
  • violent — acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force: a violent earthquake.
  • forced — strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced smile.
  • forceful — full of force; powerful; vigorous; effective: a forceful plea for peace.
  • intimidating — to make timid; fill with fear.

adjective coercive

  • forcible — done or effected by force: forcible entry into a house.
  • strong-arm — using, involving, or threatening the use of physical force or violence to gain an objective: strong-arm methods.
  • strong — having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power; physically vigorous or robust: a strong boy.
  • powerful — physically strong, as a person: a large, powerful athlete.
  • tough — strong and durable; not easily broken or cut.

Antonyms for coercive

adjective coercive

  • gentle — kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.

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