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    enforce obedience v. constrain obedience v. compel obedience

    Would you please explain what "enforce obedience" means? Here is an example: "As any mafia don knows, the threat or use of violence can be an effective way to enforce obedience."

    Are these phrase identical in the above sentence?

    1."As any mafia don knows, the threat or use of violence can be an effective way to enforce obedience."
    2."As any mafia don knows, the threat or use of violence can be an effective way to compel obedience."
    3."As any mafia don knows, the threat or use of violence can be an effective way to constrain obedience.


    "https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enforcement

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    Re: enforce obedience v. constrain obedience v. compel obedience

    It means 'to make sure that people obey'.

    No, your examples are not right.

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    Re: enforce obedience v. constrain obedience v. compel obedience

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It means 'to make sure that people obey'.

    No, your examples are not right.
    Then in spite of compell and constrain are given as synoyms of enforce in the meaning of in 3 in the link https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enforce they do not fit in this example.

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    Re: enforce obedience v. constrain obedience v. compel obedience

    They are not synonyms in my opinion.

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    #5

    Re: enforce obedience v. constrain obedience v. compel obedience

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Then in spite of compell and constrain are given as synoyms of enforce in the meaning of in 3 in the link https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enforce they do not fit in this example.
    Synonyms are rarely interchangeable. There are cases where you could replace "enforce" with "compel" or "constrain", but you usually can't.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: enforce obedience v. constrain obedience v. compel obedience

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    There are cases where you could replace "enforce" with "compel" or "constrain".
    I can't think of any.

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