Forefend Fore*fend", v. t. [OE. forfenden; pref. for- + fenden to fend. See {Fend}, v. t.] To hinder; to fend off; to avert; to prevent the approach of; to forbid or prohibit. See {Forfend}. [1913 Webster]

God forefend it should ever be recorded in our history. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

It would be a far better work . . . to forefend the cruelty. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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