- to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
- to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
- to impose (a course of action) upon a person: The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
- to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force: to enforce one's rights as a citizen.
- to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon: He enforced his argument by adding details.
Origin of enforce
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1. administer, impose, execute, apply.
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Examples from the Web for enforceable
Thankfully, the female lawyers told them to go jump in a lake, so the law was not enforceable.Don’t Tread On My Hair, Hamas
April 4, 2013
The directive issued this month is more of a strong recommendation than an enforceable rule.Intelligence Community Aims to Get Tough on Leaks
June 21, 2012
A postnup can be a good way to arrange an enforceable system that helps arbitrate disagreements.Postnups Becoming More Popular, but They’re Not for Everyone
May 20, 2012
Critically, there is no enforceable international air-safety regime.2010's Unsafe Skies
December 30, 2010
Any contract or sale of lands must be in writing to be enforceable.
In the other nine States which profess to have seceded, including South Carolina, those laws are not enforceable anywhere.
If valid it is enforceable by virtue of s. 12 of that Act as a final judgment of the High Court in its civil jurisdiction.Judgments of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand on Proceedings to Review Aspects of the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Mount Erebus Aircraft Disaster
Sir Owen Woodhouse, R. B. Cooke, Ivor L. M. Richardson, Duncan Wallace McMullin, and Sir Edward Somers
A law which is not enforceable is a nullity; it has in strictness no existence.A Leap in the Dark
It required that certain important contracts must be made in writing, in order to be enforceable at law.
- to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
- to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
- to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
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Word Origin and History for enforceable
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