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[ih-vikt] /ɪˈvɪkt/
verb (used with object)
to expel (a person, especially a tenant) from land, a building, etc., by legal process, as for nonpayment of rent.
to recover (property, titles, etc.) by virtue of superior legal title.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English evicten < Late Latin ēvictus having recovered one's property by law, Latin: past participle of ēvincere to overcome, conquer, evince), equivalent to ē- e-1 + vic- (past participle stem of vincere; see victor) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
eviction, noun
evictor, noun
noneviction, noun
reevict, verb (used with object)
unevicted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evict
  • Your landlord cannot evict you without filing an eviction lawsuit.
  • Two squatters were killed when the police tried to evict them.
  • But first, they have to evict the males already living in the targeted group.
  • If the order is granted, and the unit owner fails to comply, the condo may have the right to evict the owner and foreclose.
  • Some landlords will evict tenants who are habitually late with rent.
  • Government had scope to be more patient then go hastily to evict her.
  • These modern-day hermits live in the remote valley, eluding occasional roundups to evict them.
  • The proposition that other people have a right to forcibly evict such people by virtue of sharing the same ancestry is spurious.
  • His landlord nevertheless sued to evict him, but a month later dropped the suit.
  • But it's important that you do it, else there is a risk that he will evict the people.
British Dictionary definitions for evict


verb (transitive)
to expel (a tenant) from property by process of law; turn out
to recover (property or the title to property) by judicial process or by virtue of a superior title
Derived Forms
eviction, noun
evictor, noun
evictee, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin ēvincere, from Latin: to vanquish utterly, from vincere to conquer
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Word Origin and History for evict

mid-15c., "recover (property) by judicial means," from Latin evictus, past participle of evincere "recover property, overcome and expel, conquer," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "conquer" (see victor). Sense of "expel by legal process" first recorded in English 1530s. Related: Evicted; evicting.

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