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Origin of forfend

First recorded in 1350–1400, forfend is from the Middle English word forfenden. See for-, fend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (tr)
  1. US to protect or secure
  2. obsolete to prohibit or prevent
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Word Origin and History for forfend

also forefend, late 14c., "to protect, prohibit; to avert, prevent," a hybrid from for- + fend, from Latin defendere "to ward off."

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