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Displaying a tendency or intent to coerce

The Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran to abandon its alleged nuclear development program, according to U.S. officials and independent analysts.

serving or tending to force
{a} serving to restrain or check, forcible
Serving or intended to coerce; having power to constrain
serving or intended to coerce; "authority is directional instead of coercive"
{s} forceful, compelling
Coercive measures are intended to force people to do something that they do not want to do. The eighteenth-century Admiralty had few coercive powers over its officers. using threats or orders to make someone do something they do not want to do
serving or intended to coerce; "authority is directional instead of coercive
coercive diplomacy
Coercive Diplomacy is a diplomatic method used by a country in which the use of force or military action is threatened or hinted at, to force another country to give in to a certain demand(s). One example of Coercive Diplomacy would be during World War II, when the United States threatened an oil embargo, unless Japan withdrew forces from China
coercive measures
methods used to persuade, methods used to convince
{n} a coercive state, forcibleness
The Coercive Acts
three acts imposed on the American Colonies in 1774 by the British as a punishment for the Boston Tea Party (also known as The Intolerable Acts)
in a forceful manner, in a compelling manner
{i} forcefulness, compulsion, intimidation
The state or quality of being coercive



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    /kōˈərsəv/ /koʊˈɜrsɪv/


    [ -'&r-siv ] (adjective.) circa 1600. from coerce + -ive

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