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tr.v. de·forced, de·forc·ing, de·forc·es Law
1. To withhold (property, for example) from the rightful owner.
2. To deprive (a rightful owner) of something, especially property.
[Middle English deforcen, from Anglo-Norman deforcer, from Old French desforcier : des-, de- + forcier, to force (from Vulgar Latin *fortiāre, from Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots).]
1. (Law) to withhold (property, esp land) wrongfully or by force from the rightful owner
2. (Law) to eject or keep forcibly from possession of property
[C13: from Anglo-French, from deforcer]
v.t. -forced, -forc•ing.
1. to withhold (land or other property) by force, as from the rightful owner.
2. to evict by force.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French deforcer, Old French de(s)forcier=de(s)- de- + forc(i)er to force]
Past participle: deforced