Adjective "duress" definition and examples

(Duress may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Threats, violence, constraints, or other action used to coerce someone into doing something against their will or better judgement.
  1. 'The resignation of the President is not constitutional because he did that under duress and threat.'
  2. 'They carry their load, working as a team, and I just know that they would not have been party to any ‘no air syndrome’, unless put under duress by some malevolent fish.'
  3. 'Most interrogators will tell you that torture or physical coercion produces only bad information - that a prisoner under duress will say anything to end the pain.'
  4. 'It's excruciating to watch someone so young, who probably should be free of such pressure, clearly suffering under duress.'
  5. 'Friends of the sisters admitted to the press that the girls only went to the wedding under duress to support their father and left only when they thought it was polite to do so…'
  6. 'There was certainly nobody sent home under duress.'
  7. 'He told this correspondent that he did not concede that it was withdrawn under duress, because of the agitation mounted by the communal organisations but described it as an appropriate step.'
  8. 'Military experts point out that that code of conduct is a moral guide, not a legal guide, and that statements made under duress or torture are rarely punished or reprimanded.'
  9. 'In fact, the country now has no leverage on, or better negotiation position in comparison with its creditors, to force them acquiesce to such a strategy or accept it under duress.'
  10. 'It may sound unfashionably Corinthian but sport's best lesson to young people is control and grace under duress.'
  11. 'A brief review of the law indicates that a contract claimed to be entered under duress or undue influence is voidable, not void; it may be ratified by subsequent conduct.'
  12. 'My wife was forced under extreme duress to sign consent orders which are not in the best interests of the children.'
  13. 'At the very least, they have been held for months in solitary confinement - treatment that constitutes a form of psychological duress and is thus prohibited under the Geneva Conventions.'

More definitions

1. compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint.

2. Law. such constraint or coercion as will render void a contract or other legal act entered or performed under its influence.

3. forcible restraint, especially imprisonment.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be duress."

"whiles can be duress."

"presidents can be duress."

"laws can be duress."


Middle English (in the sense ‘harshness, severity, cruel treatment’): via Old French from Latin duritia, from durus ‘hard’.