the action of making somebody do something that they do not want to do, using force or threatening to use force He claimed he had only acted under coercion.Extra examples The President retained power through the use of political corruption and coercion. The army returned to more violent means of coercion. The party dictatorship had terrifying powers of coercion. The regime reduced reliance on overt coercion and sought to win greater support. There was overwhelming evidence of intimidation and coercion.