af·​force | \ a-ˈfȯrs, ə- \

Definition of afforce

: to strengthen (as a court or jury) by adding specially qualified members

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First Known Use of afforce

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afforce

Medieval Latin afforciare, from Old French aforcier to strengthen, increase, from a- (from Latin ad-) + forcier, forcer to force

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“Afforce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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