To withhold (property, for example) from the rightful owner.
To deprive (a rightful owner) of something, especially property.
To keep (property) from the rightful owner by force.
To keep (a person) from rightful possession by force.
(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.
Origin of deforce
Middle English deforcen from Anglo-Norman deforcer from Old French desforcier des- de- forcier to force (from Vulgar Latin fortiāre) (from Latin fortis strong bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots)