Definition of coercion:
- The act or process of coercing.
- 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.
- "Quiet Talks on Service", S. D. Gordon.
- "A History of Freedom of Thought", John Bagnell Bury.
The complaint was, that factions in the Court of Proprietors had shown, in several instances, a disposition to support the servants of the Company against the just coercion and legal prosecution of the Directors.- "The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12)", Edmund Burke.