Compulsion Law and Legal Definition

Compulsion refers to the forcible inducement to an act. It also means the act of compelling; the state of being compelled; an uncontrollable inclination to do something; duress. Compulsion can take forms other than physical force. The courts have been indisposed to admit it as a defence for any crime committed through yielding to it. It can best be considered under the heads of obedience to orders, martial coercion, duress per minas, and necessity.