Definition of duress noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//djuˈres//
; NAmE NAmE//duˈres//
[uncountable] (formal)
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threats or force that are used to make somebody do something He signed the confession under duress. The promise was obtained by duress on the part of her husband. They were operating at times under extreme duress. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘harshness, severity, cruel treatment’): via Old French from Latin duritia, from durus ‘hard’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: duress