The noun coercion means an act to persuade someone forcefully to do something that is against their will.

Synonyms are pressure, threat, violence, or persuasion.

The word origins from Old French (early 15th century) cohercion and Modern French coercion. It also sources from Medieval Latin coercionem and Latin coerctionem, earlier coercitionem. It is noun of action from past-participle stem of coercere meaning “to control, restrain”.

Pirates from Somalia began using coercion to force the crew of the ship into giving them food.

He used coercion to get more food and money from his classmates.

He did not want to buy the overpriced vase, but the vendor began using coercion until he was left with no choice.