Compel and Coerce


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Compel verb – To cause (a person) to give in to pressure.
Usage example: public opinion compelled her to fire her scandal-plagued aide

Coerce is a synonym for compel in force topic. In some cases you can use "Coerce" instead a verb "Compel", when it comes to topics like attack, demand, deed, force to act. popular alternative
Nearby Words: compelling, compelled
Synonyms for Compel


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Coerce verb – To cause (a person) to give in to pressure.
Usage example: was coerced into signing the document

Compel is a synonym for coerce in force topic. You can use "Compel" instead a verb "Coerce", if it concerns topics such as attack, demand, deed. popular alternative
Nearby Words: coercion, coercive, coercible, coercing
Synonyms for Coerce

Common collocations

character compel character coerce character
people compel people coerce people
populace compel populace coerce populace
men compel men coerce men
Other nouns: someone, development, evidence, confession, target, anyone, obedience, humans, criminals, students, members.
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