Deforce
Deforce De*force", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deforced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deforcing}.] [OF. deforcier; de- or des- (L. de or dis-) + forcier, F. forcer. See {Force}, v.] (Law) (a) To keep from the rightful owner; to withhold wrongfully the possession of, as of lands or a freehold. (b) (Scots Law) To resist the execution of the law; to oppose by force, as an officer in the execution of his duty. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

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  • Deforce — is a legal term, meaning to unlawfully withhold land 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. See e.g. 3 Bl Comm 172. Likewise, deforcement is …   Wikipedia

  • deforce — [dē fôrs′] vt. deforced, deforcing [ME deforcen < Anglo Fr deforcier < OFr de , from + forcier, to force < VL * fortiare < LL forcia, fortia: see FORCE] Law 1. to keep (property) from the rightful owner by force 2. to keep (a person)… …   English World dictionary

  • deforce — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French deforcer, from de + forcer to force Date: 15th century 1. to keep (as lands) by force from the rightful owner 2. to eject (a person) from possession by force • deforcement noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deforce — deforcement, n. deforcer, n. /di fawrs , fohrs /, v.t., deforced, deforcing. Law. 1. to withhold (property, esp. land) by force or violence, as from the rightful owner. 2. to eject or evict by force. [1250 1300; ME < AF deforcer, OF de(s)forcier …   Universalium

  • deforce — v. unlawfully withhold property from its owner; forcefully eject or evict …   English contemporary dictionary

  • deforce — de·force …   English syllables

  • deforce — de•force [[t]dɪˈfɔrs, ˈfoʊrs[/t]] v. t. forced, forc•ing 1) law to withhold (land or other property) by force, as from the rightful owner 2) law to evict by force • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < AF deforcer, OF de(s) forcier=de(s) de +forc(i) er… …   From formal English to slang

  • deforce — /dəˈfɔs/ (say duh faws) verb (t) (deforced, deforcing) Law to withhold (property, especially land) by force or violence, as from the rightful owner. {Anglo French deforcer, from de de + forcer force (verb) –deforcement, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • deforce — In old English law, to withhold wrongfully; to withhold the possession of lands from one who is lawfully entitled to them. 3 Bl.Comm. 172 …   Black's law dictionary

  • deforce — In old English law, to withhold wrongfully; to withhold the possession of lands from one who is lawfully entitled to them. 3 Bl.Comm. 172 …   Black's law dictionary

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