Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Compulsion; constraint.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Compulsion; force; duress. It may be either actual, (direct or positive,) where physical force is put upon a man to compel him to do an act against hls will or implied, (legal or constructive,) where the relation of the parties is such that one is under subjection to the other, and is thereby constrained to do what his free will would refuse. Sinte v. Darlington, 153 Ind. 1, 53 N. E. 925; Chappell v. Trent, 90 Va. 849, 19 S. E. 314; Radich v. Hutchins, 95 V. S. 213, 24 L. Bid. 409; Peyser v. New York, 70 N. Y. 497, 26 Ain. Rep. 624; State v. Boyle, 13 K. I. 538.