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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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SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said Pakistan is not just facing traditional coercion to 'Do More', but also economic coercion in the form of International Monetary Fund conditions and restrictions.
Most accepted bases of property do indeed relate to the interaction of some actor and the physical world, and the differences in the conclusions of these theories from the action theory of property are few, but they can be clearly explained as the introduction of some form of coercion in the historical theory.
Other property theories may need to be supplanted for being necessarily faulty in its base assumptions, though even these may be saved by a reformulation that takes account of action, coercion, or subjective valuations.
Presuming that the minimization of this measure is the goal of law as provider of justice, property law is then only consistent if its enforcement adds no net coercion to conflicts.
Both the anarchist and the "minarchist"--the defender of the "minimal state"--accept that the government's only legitimate purpose, if indeed it has one, is the prevention of private coercion. So can the state be "deleted" or not?
Government does wrong, according to Skoble, simply by using coercion, which is "detrimental to human freedom, and freedom is to receive the highest priority among political values....
Unfortunately for the unborn, in embracing the distinction between the sacred and the secular, these politicians failed to distinguish between the religious and the moral, and saw aspects of public morality as also immune to civil coercion.
She said to counter the strategic coercion, Pakistan should learn from China, Russia and even India and should come up with truth and facts.
Pakistan is facing strategic coercion through various means, such as economic coercion in the shape of IMF and FATF conditions, trade sanctions from powerful countries, he remarked.
Rana Athar Javed, Director General, Pakistan House urges all the countries to call off the strategic coercion through the negotiations and talks, which is the only way forward.
'In order to fight and counter the strategic coercion, Pakistan should learn from China, Russia and even India and we should come up with truth and facts.