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Force vs. Coercion

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Forcenoun

Strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigour; might; capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect.

‘the force of an appeal, an argument, or a contract’;

Coercionnoun

(not countable) Actual or threatened force for the purpose of compelling action by another person; the act of coercing.

Forcenoun

Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion.

Coercionnoun

Use of physical or moral force to compel a person to do something, or to abstain from doing something, thereby depriving that person of the exercise of free will.

Forcenoun

(countable) Anything that is able to make a big change in a person or thing.

Coercionnoun

(countable) A specific instance of coercing.

Forcenoun

A physical quantity that denotes ability to push, pull, twist or accelerate a body and which has a direction and is measured in a unit dimensioned in mass × distance/time² (ML/T²): SI: newton (N); CGS: dyne (dyn)

Coercionnoun

Conversion of a value of one data type to a value of another data type.

Forcenoun

Something or anything that has the power to produce a physical effect upon something else, such as causing it to move or change shape.

Coercionnoun

The process by which the meaning of a word or other linguistic element is reinterpreted to match the grammatical context.

Forcenoun

(countable) A group that aims to attack, control, or constrain.

‘police force’;

Coercionnoun

The act or process of coercing.

Forcenoun

(uncountable) The ability to attack, control, or constrain.

‘show of force’;

Coercionnoun

The application to another of either physical or moral force. When the force is physical, and cannot be resisted, then the act produced by it is a nullity, so far as concerns the party coerced. When the force is moral, then the act, though voidable, is imputable to the party doing it, unless he be so paralyzed by terror as to act convulsively. At the same time coercion is not negatived by the fact of submission under force. "Coactus volui" (I consented under compulsion) is the condition of mind which, when there is volition forced by coercion, annuls the result of such coercion.

Forcenoun

(countable) A magic trick in which the outcome is known to the magician beforehand, especially one involving the apparent free choice of a card by another person.

Coercionnoun

the act of compelling by force of authority

Forcenoun

(legal) Legal validity.

‘The law will come into force in January.’;

Coercionnoun

using force to cause something;

‘though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game’; ‘they didn`t have to use coercion’;

Forcenoun

(legal) Either unlawful violence, as in a "forced entry", or lawful compulsion.

Coercion

Coercion () is compelling a party to act in an involuntary manner by use of threats, including propaganda or force. It involves a set of various types of forceful actions that violate the free will of an individual to induce a desired response, for example: a bully demanding lunch money from a student or the student gets beaten.

Forcenoun

Ability of an utterance or its element (word, form, prosody, ...) to effect a given meaning.

Forcenoun

(science fiction) A binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the fictional Star Wars universe created by George Lucas.

Forcenoun

A waterfall or cascade.

Forceverb

(transitive) To violate (a woman); to rape.

Forceverb

To exert oneself, to do one's utmost.

Forceverb

(transitive) To compel (someone or something) to do something.

Forceverb

(transitive) To constrain by force; to overcome the limitations or resistance of.

Forceverb

(transitive) To drive (something) by force, to propel (generally + prepositional phrase or adverb).

Forceverb

(transitive) To cause to occur (despite inertia, resistance etc.); to produce through force.

‘The comedian's jokes weren't funny, but I forced a laugh now and then.’;

Forceverb

(transitive) To forcibly open (a door, lock etc.).

‘To force a lock.’;

Forceverb

To obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress.

Forceverb

To create an out by touching a base in advance of a runner who has no base to return to while in possession of a ball which has already touched the ground.

‘Jones forced the runner at second by stepping on the bag.’;

Forceverb

(whist) To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit that he/she does not hold.

Forceverb

(archaic) To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce.

Forceverb

(archaic) To provide with forces; to reinforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison.

Forceverb

(obsolete) To allow the force of; to value; to care for.

Forceverb

To stuff; to lard; to farce.

Forceverb

To stuff; to lard; to farce.

‘Wit larded with malice, and malice forced with wit.’;

Forceverb

To constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible; to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means; to coerce; as, masters force slaves to labor.

Forceverb

To compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind.

Forceverb

To do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one's will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon.

‘To force their monarch and insult the court.’; ‘I should have forced thee soon wish other arms.’; ‘To force a spotless virgin's chastity.’;

Forceverb

To obtain, overcome, or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress; as, to force the castle; to force a lock.

Forceverb

To impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; - with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc.

‘It stuck so fast, so deeply buried layThat scarce the victor forced the steel away.’; ‘To force the tyrant from his seat by war.’; ‘Ethelbert ordered that none should be forced into religion.’;

Forceverb

To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce.

‘What can the church force more?’;

Forceverb

To exert to the utmost; to urge; hence, to strain; to urge to excessive, unnatural, or untimely action; to produce by unnatural effort; as, to force a conceit or metaphor; to force a laugh; to force fruits.

‘High on a mounting wave my head I bore,Forcing my strength, and gathering to the shore.’;

Forceverb

To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none.

Forceverb

To provide with forces; to reënforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison.

Forceverb

To allow the force of; to value; to care for.

‘For me, I force not argument a straw.’;

Forceverb

To use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to endeavor.

‘Forcing with gifts to win his wanton heart.’;

Forceverb

To make a difficult matter of anything; to labor; to hesitate; hence, to force of, to make much account of; to regard.

‘Your oath once broke, you force not to forswear.’; ‘I force not of such fooleries.’;

Forceverb

To be of force, importance, or weight; to matter.

‘It is not sufficient to have attained the name and dignity of a shepherd, not forcing how.’;

Forcenoun

A waterfall; a cascade.

‘To see the falls for force of the river Kent.’;

Forcenoun

Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or energy; especially, power to persuade, or convince, or impose obligation; pertinency; validity; special signification; as, the force of an appeal, an argument, a contract, or a term.

‘He was, in the full force of the words, a good man.’;

Forcenoun

Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion; as, by force of arms; to take by force.

‘Which now they hold by force, and not by right.’;

Forcenoun

Strength or power for war; hence, a body of land or naval combatants, with their appurtenances, ready for action; - an armament; troops; warlike array; - often in the plural; hence, a body of men prepared for action in other ways; as, the laboring force of a plantation; the armed forces.

‘Is Lucius general of the forces?’;

Forcenoun

Strength or power exercised without law, or contrary to law, upon persons or things; violence.

Forcenoun

Any action between two bodies which changes, or tends to change, their relative condition as to rest or motion; or, more generally, which changes, or tends to change, any physical relation between them, whether mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, or of any other kind; as, the force of gravity; cohesive force; centrifugal force.

‘Thy tears are of no force to mollifyThis flinty man.’; ‘More huge in strength than wise in works he was.’; ‘Adam and first matron EveHad ended now their orisons, and foundStrength added from above, new hope to springOut of despair.’;

Forcenoun

a unit that is part of some military service;

‘he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men’;

Forcenoun

one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority;

‘the mysterious presence of an evil power’; ‘may the force be with you’; ‘the forces of evil’;

Forcenoun

(physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity;

‘force equals mass times acceleration’;

Forcenoun

group of people willing to obey orders;

‘a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens’;

Forcenoun

a powerful effect or influence;

‘the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them’;

Forcenoun

an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists);

‘he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one’;

Forcenoun

physical energy or intensity;

‘he hit with all the force he could muster’; ‘it was destroyed by the strength of the gale’; ‘a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man’;

Forcenoun

a group of people having the power of effective action;

‘he joined forces with a band of adventurers’;

Forcenoun

(of a law) having legal validity;

‘the law is still in effect’;

Forceverb

to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :

‘She forced him to take a job in the city’; ‘He squeezed her for information’;

Forceverb

urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

Forceverb

move with force,

‘He pushed the table into a corner’;

Forceverb

impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably;

‘She forced her diet fads on him’;

Forceverb

squeeze like a wedge into a tight space;

‘I squeezed myself into the corner’;

Forceverb

force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically;

‘She rammed her mind into focus’; ‘He drives me mad’;

Forceverb

do forcibly; exert force;

‘Don't force it!’;

Forceverb

cause to move along the ground by pulling;

‘draw a wagon’; ‘pull a sled’;

Forceverb

take by force;

‘Storm the fort’;

Forcenoun

strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement

‘he was thrown backwards by the force of the explosion’;

Forcenoun

an influence tending to change the motion of a body or produce motion or stress in a stationary body. The magnitude of such an influence is often calculated by multiplying the mass of the body and its acceleration.

Forcenoun

used with a number as a measure of wind strength on the Beaufort scale

‘a force-nine gale’;

Forcenoun

coercion or compulsion, especially with the use or threat of violence

‘they ruled by law and not by force’;

Forcenoun

mental or moral strength or power

‘the force of popular opinion’;

Forcenoun

a person or thing regarded as exerting power or influence

‘he might still be a force for peace and unity’;

Forcenoun

the powerful effect of something

‘the Committee accepted the force of this argument’;

Forcenoun

an organized body of military personnel or police

‘a British peacekeeping force’;

Forcenoun

troops and weaponry

‘a battle between the forces of good and evil’; ‘left-wing guerrilla forces’;

Forcenoun

the army, navy, and air force of a country.

Forcenoun

the police.

Forcenoun

a group of people brought together and organized for a particular activity

‘a sales force’;

Forcenoun

a waterfall.

Forceverb

make a way through or into by physical strength; break open by force

‘the back door of the bank was forced’;

Forceverb

drive or push into a specified position or state using physical strength or against resistance

‘thieves tried to force open the cash register’; ‘Mark forced her arms back above her head’;

Forceverb

achieve or bring about (something) by effort

‘Sabine forced a smile’; ‘they forced a way through the crowd’;

Forceverb

artificially hasten the development or maturity of (a plant).

Forceverb

make (someone) do something against their will

‘the universities were forced to cut staff’; ‘she was forced into early retirement’;

Forceverb

put out (a runner) by necessitating an advance to the next base when it is not possible to do so safely.

Force

In physics, a force is any influence that, when unopposed, will change the motion of an object. A force can cause an object with mass to change its velocity (which includes to begin moving from a state of rest), i.e., to accelerate.

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