- 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 unenforceable
It is generally held to be unenforceable if the insured suicided while insane.
The Statute of Frauds does not invalidate a verbal guarantee, but renders it unenforceable by action.
But other kinds of illegal contracts are not so obviously wicked as to make it clear that they are unenforceable.
Hence, an agreement to sell goods is unenforceable if not supported by consideration.
Thus, a son worked for his father on his father's farm under an unenforceable contract with his uncle.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman
Albert Sidney Bolles
- 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 unenforceable
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