deforce

deforce

[dih-fawrs, -fohrs]
verb (used with object), deforced, deforcing. Law.
1.
to withhold (property, especially land) by force or violence, as from the rightful owner.
2.
to eject or evict by force.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French deforcer, Old French de(s)forcier, equivalent to de(s)- de- + forc(i)er to force

deforcement, noun
deforcer, noun
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deforce (dɪˈfɔːs)
 
vb
1.  to withhold (property, esp land) wrongfully or by force from the rightful owner
2.  to eject or keep forcibly from possession of property
 
[C13: from Anglo-French, from deforcer]
 
de'forcement
 
n

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