- to keep (property) from the rightful owner by force
- to keep (a person) from rightful possession by force
Origin of deforceMiddle English deforcen ; from Anglo-French deforcier ; from Old French de-, from + forcier, to force ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form fortiare ; from Late Latin forcia, fortia: see force
transitive verbde·forced, de·forc·ing, de·forc·es Law
- To withhold (property, for example) from the rightful owner.
- To deprive (a rightful owner) of something, especially property.
Origin of deforceMiddle English deforcen, from Anglo-Norman deforcer, from Old French desforcier : des-, de- + forcier, to force (from Vulgar Latin *fortiare, from Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present deforces, present participle deforcing, simple past and past participle deforced)
- (law) To withhold land unlawfully from its true owner or from any other person who has a right to the possession of it, after one has lawfully entered and taken possession of it.