evict

[ ih-vikt ]
/ ɪˈvɪkt /

verb (used with object)

to expel (a person, especially a tenant) from land, a building, etc., by legal process, as for nonpayment of rent.
to recover (property, titles, etc.) by virtue of superior legal title.

Origin of evict

1400–50; late Middle English evicten < Late Latin ēvictus having recovered one's property by law, Latin: past participle of ēvincere to overcome, conquer, evince), equivalent to ē- e-1 + vic- (past participle stem of vincere; see victor) + -tus past participle suffix

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evict

/ (ɪˈvɪkt) /

verb (tr)

to expel (a tenant) from property by process of law; turn out
to recover (property or the title to property) by judicial process or by virtue of a superior title

Derived Forms

eviction, nounevictor, nounevictee, noun

Word Origin for evict

C15: from Late Latin ēvincere, from Latin: to vanquish utterly, from vincere to conquer
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