[en-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs-]


the act or process of enforcing.
something that enforces.

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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Contemporary Examples of enforcement

Historical Examples of enforcement

  • All laws to secure these ends will receive my best efforts for their enforcement.

  • The act further provides penalties and means of enforcement.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • You will not need to woo the fair but to endure the enforcement of their loving suit.



  • These resolutions passed, they caused a proclamation by herald to be made for their enforcement.



  • But with the enforcement of the Port Bill all this would change.

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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