Webster 1913 Edition
du[GREEK], hardship, severity, L.
Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty.
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The state of compulsion or necessity in which a person is influenced, whether by the unlawful restrain of his liberty or by actual or threatened physical violence, to incur a civil liability or to commit an offense.
To subject to duress.“The party duressed.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Literally, hardship; hence, constraint. Technically, duress, in law, is of two kinds; duress of imprisonment, which is imprisonment or restraint of personal liberty; and duress by menaces or threats [per minas,] when a person is threatened with loss of life or limb. Fear of battery is no duress. Duress then is imprisonment or threats intended to compel a person to do a legal act, as to execute a deed; or to commit an offense; in which cases the act is voidable or excusable.
2.Imprisonment; restraint of liberty.