Definition of Duress

1. Noun. Compulsory force or threat. "Confessed under duress"

Generic synonyms: Force



Definition of Duress

1. n. Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty.

2. v. t. To subject to duress.

Definition of Duress

1. Noun. (obsolete) Harsh treatment. ¹

2. Noun. Constraint by threat. ¹

3. Verb. To put under duress; to pressure. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Duress

1. compulsion by threat [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Duress

1. 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. 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. Origin: OF. Duresse, du, hardship, severity, L. Duritia, durities, fr. Durus hard. See Dure. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Duress

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duress (current term)
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Literary usage of Duress

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1. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf (1883)
"duress. § 301. duress per minas. By duress, in its more extended sense, is meant that degree of severity, either threatened and impending, ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"of battery, or being beaten, though never so well grounded, is no duress; neither is the fear of having one's house burned, or one's goods taken away and ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"Contracts <g=95(3)—What threats amount to duress stated. Mere empty threats, or a threat for which there is no ground, do not constitute duress, ..."

4. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1916)
"Annotation—Marriage induced by duress as void or voidable. As to what constitutes duress for which marriage may be annulled, see notes to Collins v. ..."

5. The Law of Contracts by William Herbert Page (1919)
"Nature and classes of duress, § 482. Standard for determining existence of duress. ... Other threats as duress. § 495. duress causing performance of legal ..."

6. The Law of Contracts by Theophilus Parsons (1883)
"892 PERSONS UNDER duress. A contract made by a party under compulsion is void ; because consent is of the essence of a contract, and where there is ..."

7. The Encyclopædia of Pleading and Practice: Under the Codes and Practice Acts by William Mark McKinney, Thomas Johnson Michie (1897)
"duress is not available as a defense under the general issue, but must be specially pleaded,2 and the nature of the duress relied on should be specifically ..."

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