eviction

noun
evic·​tion | \ i-ˈvik-shən How to pronounce eviction (audio) \

Legal Definition of eviction

: the dispossession of a tenant of leased property by force or especially by legal process
actual eviction
: eviction that involves the physical expulsion of a tenant
constructive eviction
: eviction effected by substantially interfering with a tenant's enjoyment of the property (as by allowing the property to become uninhabitable) so that the tenant is regarded as evicted under law
retaliatory eviction
: wrongful eviction of a tenant in reaction to the tenant's exercising of a right (as of reporting health code violations) contrary to the landlord's interest

Learn More about eviction

Cite this Entry

“Eviction.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/eviction. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on eviction

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

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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