from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Law To withhold (something) by force from the rightful owner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To withhold land unlawfully 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To keep from the rightful owner; to withhold wrongfully the possession of, as of lands or a freehold.
- transitive v. To resist the execution of the law; to oppose by force, as an officer in the execution of his duty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In law:
- To withhold from or keep out of lawful possession, as of an estate.
- In Scots law, to resist (an officer of the law in the execution of his official duty).
- n. Deforcement.
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-2 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)