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coercion,

in law, the unlawful act of compelling a person to do, or to abstain from doing, something by depriving him of the exercise of his free will, particularly by use or threat of physical or moral force. In many states of the United States, statutes declare a person guilty of a misdemeanor if he, by violence or injury to another's person, family, or property, or by depriving him of his clothing or any tool or implement, or by intimidating him with threatthreat,
in law, declaration of intent to injure another by doing an unlawful act, with a view to restraining his freedom of action. A threat is distinguishable from an assault, for an assault requires some physical act that appears likely to eventuate in violence, whereas a
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 of force, compels that other to perform some act that the other is not legally bound to perform. Coercion may involve other crimes, such as assaultassault,
in law, an attempt or threat, going beyond mere words, to use violence, with the intent and the apparent ability to do harm to another. If violent contact actually occurs, the offense of battery has been committed; modern criminal statutes often combine assault and
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. In the law of contracts, the use of unfair persuasion to procure an agreement is known as duressduress
, in law, actual or threatened violence or imprisonment, by reason of which a person is forced to enter into an agreement or to perform some other act against his will.
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; such a contract is void unless later ratified. At common law, one who commits a crime under coercion may be excused if he can show that the danger of death or great bodily harm was present and imminent. However, coercion is not a defense for the murder or attempted murder of an innocent third party.

coercion

the use of physical or nonphysical force, or the threat of force, to achieve a social or political purpose. See also VIOLENCE, POWER.

coercion

[kō′ər·shən]
(computer science)
A method employed by many programming languages to automatically convert one type of data to another.

coercion

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The question is, how much arm-twisting are they doing to get people to contribute to this.
It's appalling that borrowers, in their hour of need, have to sign agreements which are a minefield of hidden costs and penalties accompanied by arm-twisting tactics to take out worthless payment protection schemes.
The shenanigans that took place on the floor of the House in the wee hours of July 27/28 in respect to the CAFTA vote ("Vote-buying and Arm-twisting," August 22 issue) resemble the same kind of shenanigans that took place in the U.
Despite his political arm-twisting, ie: putting on a three-line whip to coerce those MPs who in all conscience oppose war with Iraq; despite the majority of this nation making it clear they do not support a war with Iraq, he still insists that he knows best, and that if George Bush beckons he will commit our young men and women to engage in battle.
EARTH summit negotiators began arm-twisting yesterday in an effort to solve their most contentious disagreements before world leaders arrive next week.
After arm-twisting by backbench MSPs, Mr Chisholm has grudgingly agreed hepatitis C should be included and another victim should be on the inquiry panel.
or some arm-twisting of the private sector by Russell Goodway and his colleagues.
It took some arm-twisting from friends and complications from prostate cancer to keep him from running for a fifth term in 1998.
Last October, it put out new guidelines arm-twisting colleges to pay coaches of women's teams as much as they do men's.
Negotiations between kings and nobles ran the gamut from marriage exchanges and mutual agreements to arm-twisting and outright threats, according to Maya scholars.
The 35-year-old boxer pleaded guilty last year to reduced domestic battery charges stemming from a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on his former girlfriend, Josie Harris, while two of their three children watched.
Mercifully Blair was defeated but, as I wrote last week, I suspect concessions and arm-twisting will clinch Brown's Commons clash today before the House of Lords wrecking ball starts swinging.