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[en-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs-] /ɛnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs-/
the act or process of enforcing.
something that enforces.
Origin of enforcement
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French. See enforce, -ment
Related forms
nonenforcement, noun
preenforcement, noun
proenforcement, adjective
superenforcement, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is also the right of every member who notices the breach of a rule, to insist upon its enforcement.
  • But if such a study were maintained over time, sewage epidemiology could be a powerful drug-tracking tool for law enforcement.
  • If there was a local bones specialist at a university, often law enforcement would take skeletal remains there.
  • We have a good law enforcement system in place, keeping up with communications and informing the public throughout the year.
  • Law enforcement is not friendly towards the people, but immediately treat you as an inferior and suspicious.
  • All that makes existence valuable to any one, depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.
  • But he also felt that corruption and blackmail made too big a price to pay for the partial non-enforcement of the law.
  • The first effort of myself and my colleagues was to secure the genuine enforcement of the law.
  • Experts say anticipation and law-enforcement planning can help control riot situations.
  • Stokes also helps sites target interventions, including better patrolling and improved law enforcement.
Word Origin and History for enforcement

late 15c., from Old French enforcement "strengthening, fortification; rape, compulsion, coercion;" from enforcer; see enforce + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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