Definition of Duress:

  1. Duress describes 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 coerced to commit the crime because they are under serious imminent harm to themselves or others.

  2. If duress is used to make a person commit a crime or do something against their will, the defendant in a criminal prosecution may raise the defense that others used duress to force him or her to take part in the crime.

  3. Threats, violence, constraints, or other action brought to bear on someone to do something against their will or better judgment.

  4. Coercion to effect an unwilling persons agreement to a transaction. It may take the form of a (1) compulsive act, (2) threat that causes fear, or (3) use of moral or social pressure to overpower the will of the individual. Agreements entered into, or testaments signed under, duress are judged illegal and invalid. See also coercion and undue influence.

Synonyms of Duress

Amperage, Argumentum baculinum, Armipotence, Authority, Beef, Black power, Brute force, Captivity, Charge, Charisma, Close arrest, Clout, Coercion, Cogence, Cogency, Compulsion, Compulsoriness, Confinement, Constraint, Detention, Dint, Drive, Durance, Durance vile, Effect, Effectiveness, Effectuality, Energy, Flower power, Force, Force majeure, Forcefulness, Full blast, Full force, High pressure, House arrest, Immuration, Immurement, Imprisonment, Incarceration, Influence, Internment, Intimidation, Jailing, Main force, Main strength, Mana, Mandatedness, Mandatoriness, Might, Might and main, Mightiness, Moxie, Muscle power, Necessariness, Necessitation, Necessitude, Necessity, Obligation, Obligatoriness, Obligement, Pizzazz, Poop, Potence, Potency, Potentiality, Power, Power pack, Power structure, Power struggle, Powerfulness, Prepotency, Pressure, Productiveness, Productivity, Puissance, Pull, Punch, Push, Restraint, Sinew, Steam, Strength, Strong arm, Strong-arm tactics, Superiority, Superpower, Term of imprisonment, The big stick, The bludgeon, The club, The jackboot, The mailed fist, The strong arm, The sword, Threat, Throughout, Validity, Vehemence, Vigor, Vim, Violence, Virility, Virtue, Virulence, Vitality, Wattage, Weight, Coercion, Compulsion, Force, Pressure, Pressurization, Intimidation, Threats, Constraint, Enforcement, Exaction

How to use Duress in a sentence?

  1. The police officers demanded information from the female suspect and even though she wanted to refuse, she answered their questions under duress .
  2. Confessions extracted under duress.
  3. I dont think I could bring myself to play a certain ovine piece (except under great duress ) for quite a while.
  4. The captured soldier was placed under extreme duress by the ongoing sleep deprivation and continual exposure to the driving wind and cold winter tempertures.

Meaning of Duress & Duress Definition