evict

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verb \ i-ˈvikt \

Definition of evict

transitive verb
1 a :to recover (property) from a person by legal process
b :to put (a tenant) out by legal process
2 :to force out :expel

eviction

play \i-ˈvik-shən\ noun

evictor

play \i-ˈvik-tər\ noun

Examples of evict in a Sentence

  1. His landlord has threatened to evict him if he doesn't pay the rent soon.

  2. They were evicted from their apartment.

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Origin and Etymology of evict

Middle English, from Late Latin evictus, past participle of evincere, from Latin, to vanquish, win a point — more at evince

Synonym Discussion of evict

eject, expel, oust, evict mean to drive or force out. eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action.
    • ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar
expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical.
    • a student expelled from college
oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion.
    • police ousted the squatters
evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home.
    • evicted for nonpayment of rent

EVICT Defined for English Language Learners

evict

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verb

Definition of evict for English Language Learners

  • : to force (someone) to leave a place


EVICT Defined for Kids

evict

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verb \ i-ˈvikt \

Definition of evict for Students

evicted; evicting
:to force (someone) to leave a place

Law Dictionary

evict

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transitive verb \ i-ˈvikt \

legal Definition of evict

:to put (a tenant) out of property by force, by virtue of a paramount title, or especially by legal process

Origin and Etymology of evict

Medieval Latin evictus, past participle of evincere to recover (property) by legal process, from Latin, to vanquish, regain possession of



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