[en-fawrs-muh nt, -fohrs-]


the act or process of enforcing.
something that enforces.

Origin of enforcement

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French. See enforce, -ment
Related formsnon·en·force·ment, nounpre·en·force·ment, nounpro·en·force·ment, adjectivesu·per·en·force·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for non-enforcement

Historical Examples of non-enforcement

  • The greatest evil in America today is the non-enforcement of laws.

  • Compulsory attendance to be effective must cover the whole school year, and must carry a sufficient penalty for non-enforcement.

Word Origin and History for non-enforcement



late 15c., from Old French enforcement "strengthening, fortification; rape, compulsion, coercion;" from enforcer; see enforce + -ment.

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