Obtain by Force Crossword

“Obtain by force” crossword clue, 6 letters. A crossword question at Australian newspaper on 4 Jun 2017.

The answer is EXTORT

Extort meaning

obtain (something) by force, threats, or other unfair means.
“he was convicted of trying to extort $1 million from a developer”
synonyms: force, extract, exact, wring, wrest, screw, squeeze, obtain by threat(s), blackmail someone for.

Extortion (also called shakedown, outwrestling and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property, or services from an individual or institution, through coercion. It is sometimes euphemistically referred to as a “protection racket” since the racketeers often phrase their demands as payment for “protection” from (real or hypothetical) threats from unspecified other parties. Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups.

The actual obtainment of money or property is not required to commit the offense. Making a threat of violence which refers to a requirement of a payment of money or property to halt future violence is sufficient to commit the offense. Exaction refers not only to extortion or the demanding and obtaining of something through force, but additionally, in its formal definition, means the infliction of something such as pain and suffering or making somebody endure something unpleasant.

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