[dih-fawrs, -fohrs]

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.

Origin of deforce

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French deforcer, Old French de(s)forcier, equivalent to de(s)- de- + forc(i)er to force
Related formsde·force·ment, nounde·forc·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for deforce


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 Formsdeforcement, noun

Word Origin for deforce

C13: from Anglo-French, from deforcer
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