browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
duress

more about duress

duress


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  The  agreements  .  .  .  made  with  the  landlords  during 
  the  time  of  slavery,  are  only  the  effect  of  duress 
  and  force.  --Burke. 
 
  2.  (Law)  The  state  of  compulsion  or  necessity  in  which  a 
  person  is  influenced,  whether  by  the  unlawful  restrain  of 
  his  liberty  or  by  actual  or  threatened  physical  violence, 
  to  incur  a  civil  liability  or  to  commit  an  offense. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duress  \Du*ress"\,  v.  t. 
  To  subject  to  duress.  ``The  party  duressed.''  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  duress 
  n  :  compulsory  force  or  threat;  "confessed  under  duress" 




more about duress