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evict

[ih-vikt] /ɪˈvɪkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to expel (a person, especially a tenant) from land, a building, etc., by legal process, as for nonpayment of rent.
2.
to recover (property, titles, etc.) by virtue of superior legal title.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
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Examples from the web for evicted
  • Some horses got left behind when the military evicted the homesteaders here.
  • The family was evicted from apartment after apartment.
  • But this begs the question of why the poor are being evicted instead of having their homes modernized.
  • Renters in properties that are being foreclosed on are being evicted.
  • Having her evicted could subject the plaintiffs to public criticism.
  • All that happens is that the property deteriorates and the evicted people move somewhere else.
  • No evidence that anyone has been wrongly evicted has yet been found.
  • The good news is that we're not going to be evicted.
  • She said refugees had also been evicted from other buildings.
  • In the end, things got so bad, the group had to call a marshal to have her evicted.
British Dictionary definitions for evicted

evict

/ɪˈvɪkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to expel (a tenant) from property by process of law; turn out
2.
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 evicted

evict

v.

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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