- 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
Examples from the Web for eviction
To make matters worse, Kromah says his landlord has given him an eviction notice.This Man Lost 35 Relatives to Ebola and His Community Wants Him Gone
Wade C.L. Williams
October 30, 2014
“Kandynce Jones was under threat of eviction by [Sterling] even though she had never missed a rent payment,” court papers say.Killed by Donald Sterling’s Racism
May 14, 2014
It appears charges were never filed, but his landlords began an eviction process against him shortly after.Up to Speed: What We Know About Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis
September 16, 2013
The Michigan chapter of AFP posted convincing-looking (but fake) eviction notices on homes near the proposed crossing route.The Price of the Tea Party
June 16, 2012
Perhaps among the Israeli and Palestinian peace activists working to stop the eviction of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah.A New Jerusalem Day?
May 18, 2012
"It's not exactly a funeral, but an eviction," remarked Owen again.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
It was he who decided who got eviction notices and who could become tenants.L'Assommoir
Such an eviction from house and home might bring death yet nearer.
The family at Shoulthwaite Moss had been threatened with eviction.
At the eviction a man had funked, frightened out of his seven senses.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
- 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
Word Origin and History for eviction
mid-15c., from Middle French éviction, from Latin evictionem (nominative evictio) "recovery of one's property," noun of action from past participle stem of evincere (see evict).
mid-15c., "recover (property) by judicial means," from Latin evictus, past participle of evincere "recover property, overcome and expel, conquer," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "conquer" (see victor). Sense of "expel by legal process" first recorded in English 1530s. Related: Evicted; evicting.