Skip to search.
Reference
Dictionary
Encyclopedia
Thesaurus
World Factbook

 
Search Dictionary:

Houghton Mifflin

de·force  audio  (d-fôrs, -frs) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
Law de·forced, de·forc·ing, de·forc·es
To withhold (something) by force from the rightful owner.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English deforcen, from Anglo-Norman deforcer, from Old French desforcier : des-, de- + forcier, to force (from Vulgar Latin *fortire, from Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots)

OTHER FORMS:
de·forcement(Noun)


Visit our partner's site
Provided by Houghton Mifflin
logoeReference -- Download this interactive reference software to your desktop computer