Extort

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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.

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Threatening to enforce a law ordinarily may not have any more extortive power than threatening to create a new law with the same content.
He emphasizes that prior to JTB's focusing on micro-lending, small borrowers had no alternative to dealing with loan sharks and their extortive interest charges.
"Our legal fees have gone up considerably over the past five years, especially since we decided that we would not roll over for extortive settlements just to make the cases go away.
This is what the Supreme Court refers to in their decision as "extortive behavior." And that's exactly what it is, and the county staffers know they can get away with it.
In a society structured around extracting profit from all things, this gift economy--literally a "free lunch"--acts as perhaps the most uncanny and powerful affront to capitalist exchange by casting this system's extortive nature into stark relief.
Most agreed on the prevalence of extortive practices and black-mailing on all sides.
comprehensive campaign was extortive and therefore violated the Hobbs
Accusations of extortive labor practices remain linked to the transfer of jobs from the industrial to "developing" countries able to provide cheap labor.
Solon pronounced his very first act of law-making a "discharge" of debts, but whereas discharging a debt previously meant repaying it, Solon's discharge "decreed that existing debts were wiped out." (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.