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It is better to convince than to coerce.
  force to do — possibly  by physical, moral or intellectual means
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coercion coerced coercive coerce coercing coercer coerces coercible coercively coerciveness incoercible
Standard suffixes: -sion makes the verb a noun - in this case meaning "act of". -ive makes verb an adjective - meaning "doing" or "tendency to".
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  • It is better to convince than to coerce.
  • The legislative bodies debated about what techniques could be used by the CIA to coerce a suspect into talking.
  • ..what distinguishes the government from the private sector is the power of coercion. In some ways the most insignificant government bureaucrat — the parking attendant, the IRS examiner, the guy at the Department of Motor Vehicles, the immigration official — has more power over me than the CEO of General Motors or General Electric.
    Dinesh D’Souza  --  Letters to a Young Conservative
  • That you didn’t kidnap her, for instance, or that the relatives weren’t coerced.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees

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  • She slips away, and I grit my teeth as Grandfather coerces me into a stilted discus— sion with the governor.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Did too, just before you ran away from my car and roughly ten minutes after you coerced me into cutting physics.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • I never spent the night with anyone who ever tried to coerce me into doing something illegal.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • I don’t partake, I don’t get off on emotional coercion, on forcing Nick to play some happy-hubby role—the shrugging, cheerful, dutiful taking out the trash, honey! role.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She didn’t want to coerce Francis into talking about them, and knew she shouldn’t say anything, that she should allow him to initiate any discussion of them, and if he didn’t, soon, she should turn the page.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He said that he had told lots of people—from the D.A. on down—that he had been coerced to testify falsely against Walter.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • It would have made him feel better about her dinner invitation, knowing that it hadn’t been coerced somehow.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • They weren’t forcing her, or even goading her, or doing anything to coerce.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She grabbed a pair of pliers and coerced the wires from one side of its cranium to the other.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • There is no evidence of mental illness, or of coercion on any part.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • And what is most remarkable is that it’s been done without coercion, and entirely with the consent of the people.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • "He didn’t send you along just to coerce me into damaging revelations, did he?"
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • They may have been coerced.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • They could coerce some of us into fighting with misinformation, or by appealing to greed—any number of ways.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I can always sacrifice my feelings for my family’s welfare," he said to himself, "but I can’t coerce my feelings.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • What if the strangers coerced him into doing this?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Or coerced him in some way.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • The forehead, free from mainstay or coercion, Bends here, there, everywhere.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I had known, from the time when I could speak, that my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The assault of memories, the persuasion and coercion, had tired her.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Growing rice is too complicated and intricate for a system that requires farmers to be coerced and bullied into going out into the fields each morning.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Their alternative — there was an alternative, of course, since Milo detested coercion and was a vocal champion of freedom of choice — was to starve.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Sweetest coercion.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Authority, coercion are what is needed.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • In the submissive way of one long accustomed to obey under coercion, he ate and drank what they gave him to eat and drink, and put on the cloak and other wrappings, that they gave him to wear.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • That at least has the dignity of coercion.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • While you looked so, I should be certain that whatever charter you might grant under coercion, your first act, when released, would be to violate its conditions.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • What she had gone through was very different from the first rape in his office; it was no longer a matter of coercion and degradation.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • And now dear lady, let me remove this unpleasant coercion, which has been placed before your pretty mouth.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The Vatican prelature known as Opus Dei is a deeply devout Catholic sect that has been the topic of recent controversy due to reports of brainwashing, coercion, and a dangerous practice known as "corporal mortification."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I would think of the sin as garments which we would remove in order to shape and coerce the terrible blood to the forlorn echo of the dead word high in the air.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Too persuasive — it was duress, coercion.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • You cannot find that through guilt or condemnation or coercion, only through a relationship of love.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Still . He remembered her coming in here, withholding the capsules, coercing permission to read the manuscript of Fast Cars.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Then—the bribes and coercion, the rallying of the Great Houses: they’d flock to my banner like peasants running for shelter.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Is this the still militant old man, standing at the corners of the three kingdoms, on all hands coercing alms of beggars?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "I imagine that they would want you to turn your considerable talents to coercion, torture, and murder," said Dumbledore.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • He coerced my brother and me to pump them day after day, eating loaves of bread for bulk and tons of eggs for protein.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • But by sheer self-coercion he refrained.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Public force is the life and soul of every state: not merely army and police but prisons, judges, tax collectors, every conceivable trick of coercive repression.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The midday rest was longer than usual; and once again the white children had to coerce the bush boy into making a start.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • And since there is no such thing as ’non-practical knowledge’ or any sort of ’disinterested’ action, since they scorn the use of their science for the purpose and profit of life, they deliver their science to the service of death, to the only practical purpose it can ever have for looters: to inventing weapons of coercion and destruction.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It is all very well to preach about self-control, and the wickedness of coercing a woman.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • And it struck her, this was tragedy—not palls, dust, and the shroud; but children coerced, their spirits subdued.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • She grappled briefly with Bloomberg, trying to coerce him into a docile lap-cat’s repose.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The vulnerable Quinceys were being coerced.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
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