verb (used with object), en·forced, en·forc·ing.
- to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
- to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
- to impose (a course of action) upon a person: The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
- to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force: to enforce one's rights as a citizen.
- to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon: He enforced his argument by adding details.
Origin of enforce
1275–1325; Middle English enforcenRelated formsen·force·a·ble, adjectiveen·force·a·bil·i·ty, nounen·forc·ed·ly [en-fawr-sid-lee, -fohr-] /ɛnˈfɔr sɪd li, -ˈfoʊr-/, adverben·forc·er, nounen·forc·ive, adjectivehalf-en·forced, adjectivenon·en·force·a·ble, adjectivenon·en·forced, adjectivenon·en·for·ced·ly, adverbnon·en·forc·ing, adjectivepre·en·force, verb (used with object), pre·en·forced, pre·en·forc·ing.qua·si-en·forced, adjectiveun·en·force·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·en·force·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·forced, adjectiveun·en·forc·ed·ly, adverbwell-en·forced, adjective
< Anglo-French enforcer, Old French enforcier, enforc(ir
), equivalent to en- en-1
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British Dictionary definitions for non-enforceable
Derived Formsenforceable, adjectiveenforceability, nounenforcedly (ɪnˈfɔːsɪdlɪ), adverbenforcement, nounenforcer, noun
- to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
- to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
- to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
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Word Origin and History for non-enforceable
early 14c., "to drive by physical force;" mid-14c., "make an effort; strengthen a place; compel," from Old French enforcier or from en- (1) "make, put in" + force. Related: Enforced; enforcing.
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