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du·ress

 (do͝o-rĕs′, dyo͝o-)
n.
1.
a. Compulsion by threat or violence; coercion: confessed under duress.
b. Constraint or difficulty caused by misfortune: "children who needed only temporary care because their parents were ill, out of work, or under some other form of duress" (Stephan O'Connor).
2. Law
a. A fraud achieved through the use of a threat or compulsion: She had a cause of action for duress. His claim was based on duress.
b. A criminal defense for an act undertaken under threat of serious bodily harm: His defense was duress.
3. Forcible confinement.

[Middle English duresse, harshness, compulsion, from Old French durece, hardness, from Latin dūritia, from dūrus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

duress

(djʊˈrɛs; djʊə-)
n
1. compulsion by use of force or threat; constraint; coercion (often in the phrase under duress)
2. (Law) law the illegal exercise of coercion
3. confinement; imprisonment
[C14: from Old French duresse, from Latin dūritia hardness, from dūrus hard]

du•ress

(dʊˈrɛs, dyʊ-, ˈdʊər ɪs, ˈdyʊər-)

n.
1. compulsion by threat or force.
2. constraint or coercion of a degree sufficient to void any legal agreement entered into or any act performed under its influence.
3. forcible restraint, esp. imprisonment.
[1275–1325; Middle English duresse < Middle French duresse, -esce, -ece < Latin dūritia hardness, harshness, oppression]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.duress - compulsory force or threat; "confessed under duress"
force - a powerful effect or influence; "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"

duress

noun
1. pressure, threat, constraint, compulsion, coercion Her confession had been made under duress.

duress

noun
Power used to overcome resistance:
Translations
اکراه

duress

[djʊəˈres] N under duressbajo presión

duress

[djʊˈrɛs djʊəˈrɛs] n
under duress → sous la contrainte

duress

nZwang m; he signed the form under duresser hat die Unterschrift unter Zwang geleistet

duress

[djʊˈrɛs] n under duresssotto costrizione, con la coercizione

duress

n. coerción; coacción,
under ___bajo ___.
References in classic literature ?
The young men of the Clover Leaf Club pinned not their faith to the graces of person as much as they did to its prowess, its achievements in hand-to-hand conflicts, and its preservation from the legal duress that constantly menaced it.
The crowd without gave way, and several warriors entered the place, bringing with them the hapless conjurer, who had been left so long by the scout in duress.
have generally rejected the argument that duress can reduce murder to manslaughter."); see also Mulroy, supra note 27, at 172-73 (discussing state statutory and common-law authority barring duress as murder defense); Reed, supra note 30, at 60 ("[T]he majority of American jurisdictions still apply the common law, which is predicated on ...
The Peepeekisis Cree Nation is refusing to re-sign its Contribution Funding Agreement with the federal government while Onion Lake Cree Nation has signed the CFA under duress. "We met with AANDC officials on a number of occasions to renegotiate the current CFA," said Peepeekisis Chief Michael Koochicum in a written statement, "but our requests fell on deaf ears." Onion Lake Chief Wallace Fox said membership also considered not signing but opted for signing under duress.
Rather, Ryan's lawyer had argued in her initial trial that she was under extreme "duress." Ryan claimed that she made repeated attempts to seek the protection of the state and that she had "no other safe avenue of escape open to her."
THE Tom Taaffe-trained Defence Of Duress is the only Irish challenge at Goodwood today.
Firstly, you could argue a defence of duress. This is difficult to establish in law.
Summary: Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Aug 18 (ANI): State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Saturday welcomed 10 councillors of the Naihati Municipality back into the TMC fold and alleged that they could have joined the BJP under duress.
If there were a case to make an example on how to proceed in case of suspicion with regards to a statement under duress, it is this one.
The law minister later clarified that the sentence handed down by the judge in the Al-Azizia reference would not be overturned unless the IHC decided that the verdict was delivered under duress.
Accountability court judge Arshad Malik claimed that he was offered Rs500 million by the son of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif to resign as he could 'no longer deal with the guilt of having convicted Mian Nawaz Sharif under duress and without evidence'.
Talking to media persons outside Parliament House, he said the government was not in any duress due to holding of APC of the opposition parties.