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evict

[ih-vikt]
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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.
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Origin of evict

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 formse·vic·tion, noune·vic·tor, nounnon·e·vic·tion, nounre·e·vict, verb (used with object)un·e·vict·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for evictor

evict

verb (tr)
  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
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Derived Formseviction, nounevictor, nounevictee, 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 evictor

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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