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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).
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.
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-)
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]
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|Noun||1.||duress - compulsory force or threat; "confessed under duress"|
force - a powerful effect or influence; "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"
duress[djʊəˈres] N under duress → bajo presión
duress[djʊˈrɛs djʊəˈrɛs] n
under duress → sous la contrainte
n. coerción; coacción,
under ___ → bajo ___.