[ en-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs- ]
/ ɛnˈfɔrs mənt, -ˈfoʊrs- /


the act or process of enforcing.
something that enforces.

Nearby words

  1. enfleurage,
  2. enflurane,
  3. enfold,
  4. enforce,
  5. enforceable,
  6. enforcer,
  7. enfranchise,
  8. enfranchisement,
  9. eng,
  10. eng.

Origin of enforcement

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French. See enforce, -ment

Related formsnon·en·force·ment, nounpre·en·force·ment, nounpro·en·force·ment, adjectivesu·per·en·force·ment, noun

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Word Origin and History for enforcement



late 15c., from Old French enforcement "strengthening, fortification; rape, compulsion, coercion;" from enforcer; see enforce + -ment.

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