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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. 2018.
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  • All laws to secure these ends will receive my best efforts for their enforcement.

  • The act further provides penalties and means of enforcement.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • You will not need to woo the fair but to endure the enforcement of their loving suit.

    Hiero Xenophon
  • These resolutions passed, they caused a proclamation by herald to be made for their enforcement.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • But with the enforcement of the Port Bill all this would change.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
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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