deforce

play
verb de·force \(ˌ)dē-ˈfȯrs\

Definition of deforce

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to keep (property, such as land) by force from the rightful owner

  3. 2 :  to eject (a person) from possession by force

deforcement

play \-ˈfȯr-smənt\ noun

Origin and Etymology of deforce

Middle English, from Anglo-French deforcer, from de- + forcer to force


First Known Use: 15th century

Learn More about deforce


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up deforce? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to bile

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!