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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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Unlike bribery, the nature of an extortive exchange doesn't leave the extorted party with anything besides being free from the present threat.
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Accusations of extortive labor practices remain linked to the transfer of jobs from the industrial to "developing" countries able to provide cheap labor.
87) Solon founded the Athenian polis with this act of fundamental injustice, the extortive effect of which he then intensified by debasing the currency.
Investigations into cases that were exceptions to the amnesty laws--stolen children, extortive kidnappings, crimes committed by individuals not in the security forces--began to undermine these laws and opened the door to their repudiation by the courts and legislature (Roht-Arriaza: 113).
Indeed, perhaps with the exception of some victims of extortive kidnapping, Colombian victims are one of the most marginalized and excluded sectors of society, and were so even before the commission of atrocities.
This article reports the qualitative analysis on the coping mechanisms in families' victims of economic extortive kidnapping.
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Billy Anders, a devoutly religious man utterly devoted to his family, sacrificed himself to the extortive plea demand to spare those he loved.
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The first is that governments, in their policy of "no negotiation" despite risk to human life, seem to be treating criminal or battlefield behavior as though it were an economic transaction--as though it were a usurious or extortive system of raising capital.
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.