deforcement


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de·force

 (dē-fôrs′)
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).]

de·force′ment n.
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(19) And gif the said~ sercheouris in executioun of thair offices salhappin to be deforceit The committaris of be said deforcement sal be rigorous lie punissit
At times Cameron's legal training undermines his clarity, as he uses Scots legal jargon likely to mystify the general reader--"wrongeous intromissions," "contracts of excambion," and "deforcement" (197, 198, 256).
After the attack, Rooney was charged with deforcement of messengers which used to carry the death penalty.