[ dih-fawrs, -fohrs ]
/ dɪˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs /
verb (used with object), de·forced, de·forc·ing. Law.
to withhold (property, especially land) by force or violence, as from the rightful owner.
to eject or evict by force.
Words nearby deforce
Origin of deforce
OTHER WORDS FROM deforcede·force·ment, nounde·forc·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deforce
/ (dɪˈfɔːs) /
verb (tr) property law
to withhold (property, esp land) wrongfully or by force from the rightful owner
to eject or keep forcibly from possession of property
Derived forms of deforcedeforcement, noun
Word Origin for deforce
C13: from Anglo-French, from deforcer
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