duress

  • 1 duress — du·ress /du̇ res, dyu̇ / n [Anglo French duresce, literally, hardness, harshness, from Old French, from Latin duritia, from durus hard]: wrongful and usu. unlawful compulsion (as threats of physical violence) that induces a person to act against… …

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  • 2 duress — du‧ress [djʊˈres ǁ dʊ ] noun [uncountable] LAW the illegal or unfair use of force or threats to make someone do something: • He claimed that he had signed the contract under duress. * * * duress UK US /djʊˈres/ noun [U] LAW ► threats used to… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Duress — Du*ress , v. t. To subject to duress. The party duressed. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Duress — Du ress, n. [OF. duresse, du?, hardship, severity, L. duritia, durities, fr. durus hard. See {Dure}.] 1. Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty. [1913 Webster] The agreements . . . made with the landlords during the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 duress — ► NOUN ▪ threats or violence used to coerce a person into doing something: confessions extracted under duress. ORIGIN originally in the sense harshness, cruel treatment : from Latin durus hard …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 duress — [doo res′, dyoores′] n. [ME dures < OFr durece < L duritia, hardness, harshness < durus, hard < IE base * deru , tree, oak (orig. ? hard) > TREE] 1. imprisonment 2. the use of force or threats; compulsion [a confession signed under …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 duress — early 14c., harsh or severe treatment, from O.Fr. duresse, from L. duritia hardness, from durus hard (see ENDURE (Cf. endure)). Sense of coercion, compulsion is from 1590s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 duress — constraint, coercion, compulsion, violence, *force, restraint …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 duress — [n] threat, hardship bondage, captivity, coercion, compulsion, confinement, constraint, control, detention, discipline, force, imprisonment, incarceration, pressure, restraint, violence; concepts 14,674 …

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  • 10 Duress — For English law on the criminal defences, see duress in English law. For the American film, see Duress (film) …

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  • 11 duress — Any unlawful threat or coercion used by a person to induce another to act (or to refrain from acting) in a manner he or she otherwise would not (or would). Subjecting person to improper pressure which overcomes his will and coerces him to comply… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 12 duress — Any unlawful threat or coercion used by a person to induce another to act (or to refrain from acting) in a manner he or she otherwise would not (or would). Subjecting person to improper pressure which overcomes his will and coerces him to comply… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 13 Duress — The act of using force, false imprisonment, coercion, threats or psychological pressure to compel someone to act contrary to his or her wishes or interests. Duress is also used as a form of defense to a crime by a defendant who is compelled or… …

    Investment dictionary

  • 14 duress — n. under duress (to sign a confession under duress) * * * [djʊ(ə) res] under duress (to sign a confession under duress) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 duress — du|ress [djuˈres US du ] n [U] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: duresce, from Latin durus hard ] illegal or unfair threats under duress ▪ The confession was obtained under duress …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 duress — du|ress [ du res ] noun uncount FORMAL force or threats that make someone do something they do not want to: under duress: Some witnesses claim they signed their statements under duress …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 duress — [[t]djʊəre̱s, AM dʊr [/t]] N UNCOUNT: usu under N To do something under duress means to do it because someone forces you to do it or threatens you. [FORMAL] The diplomat would not comment on whether he thought her confession had been made under… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 duress — noun (U) formal illegal or unfair threats: under duress (=using unfair threats): The confession was obtained under duress …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 duress — UK [djʊˈres] / US [dʊˈres] noun [uncountable] formal force or threats that make someone do something they do not want to under duress: Some witnesses claim they signed their statements under duress …

    English dictionary

  • 20 duress — [djʊˈres] noun under duress formal if you do something under duress, you do it because someone has forced or threatened you[/ex] …

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