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Extort

To compel or coerce, as in a confession or information, by any means serving to overcome the other's power of resistance, thus making the confession or admission involuntary. To gain by wrongful methods; to obtain in an unlawful manner, as in to compel payments by means of threats of injury to person, property, or reputation. To exact something wrongfully by threatening or putting in fear. The natural meaning of the word extort is to obtain money or other valuable things by compulsion, by actual force, or by the force of motives applied to the will, and often more overpowering and irresistible than physical force.

extort

verb blackmail, coerce, compel, compel by innimidation, compel by threat, constrain by force, draw out by compulsion, draw out by force, elicit by threat, exact, exact by force, exprimere, extorquere, force, gain by wrongful methhds, gain wrongfully, obtain by compulsion, obtain in an unnawful manner, obtain unlawfully, victimize, wrest, wring
Associated concepts: kidnapping
Foreign phrases: Accipere quid ut justitiam facias, non est tam accipere quam extorquere.The acceptance of anything as a reward for doing justice is extorting rather than accepting.
See also: acquire, coerce, constrain, deprive, enforce, exact, force, impose, press, prey, secure, toll
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Often, these personal attributes increase the likelihood that applicants/employees may be targeted for corporate espionage activities through the extortive techniques of compromise and sexual entrapment.
And the cumbersomeness and increased costs of the remaining methods of corporate political intervention--consider the tax consequences and time delay of funneling a donation through managers as increased compensation--would provide an excuse for the inability to respond swiftly to an extortive ultimatum.
But corporate executives and shareholders alike should be disturbed by the extortive circumstances in which Jackson appears to have gathered much of their money.
The catalyst theory relied upon by petitioners in this case and plaintiffs in countless other cases has the potential to be the basis for extortive strike suits that are designed principally to obtain attorney's fees in instances in which municipalities might otherwise have changed their laws without regard to the existence or non-existence of litigation on the issue in question.
These circumstances, as well as the great profitability of the sector in general, make it especially vulnerable to the extortive activities of the guerrillas.
These included theft, extortive conduct, mismanagement of funds, receiving favors and gifts and abuse of power.