de·​force (ˌ)dē-ˈfȯrs How to pronounce deforce (audio)
deforced; deforcing; deforces

transitive verb

: to keep (property, such as land) by force from the rightful owner
: to eject (a person) from possession by force
deforcement noun

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deforce was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Deforce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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