the use of threats, force or false imprisonment to force a person to do something against their wishes or interests He admitted involvement in the crime but later claimed that the admission was made under duress and was false.
- The statements were made under duress.
- The agreement was signed while in a state of duress.
- The confession was deemed to have been made under extreme duress.
- Consent is invalid when subject to duress.
- In some jurisdictions, the use of psychological torture and/or brainwashing (=making someone believe something by continually telling them that it is true and preventing any other information from reaching them) may also constitute duress.
- An agreement signed under duress is voidable.
- Duress can be used as a defense to a criminal charge.