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deforce

[dih-fawrs, -fohrs] /dɪˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs/
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
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French deforcer, Old French de(s)forcier, equivalent to de(s)- de- + forc(i)er to force
Related forms
deforcement, noun
deforcer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deforce

deforce

/dɪˈfɔːs/
verb (transitive) (property law)
1.
to withhold (property, esp land) wrongfully or by force from the rightful owner
2.
to eject or keep forcibly from possession of property
Derived Forms
deforcement, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French, from deforcer
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