- 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
- 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 for 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.