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

Definition of deforce

transitive verb

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

Other Words from deforce

deforcement \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈfȯr-​smənt How to pronounce deforcement (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of deforce

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deforce

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

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“Deforce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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