Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A keeping out by force or wrong; a wrongful withholding, as of lands or tenements, to which another has a right.
  • n. Resistance to an officer in the execution of law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A keeping out by force or wrong; a wrongful withholding, as of lands or tenements, to which another has a right.
  • n. Resistance to an officer in the execution of law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law:
  • n. The withholding of lands or tenements to which another person has a right. It implies that the latter has not had possession.
  • n. In Scots law, a resisting of an officer engaged in the execution of the law.

Etymologies

Old French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When the day of execution came, the rumour of a deforcement at the gallows prevailed strongly; and the

    The Jacobite Rebellions (1689-1746) (Bell's Scottish History Source Books.)

  • Honest Hector, better accustomed to the artillery of the field than to that of the law, saw this mystical ceremony with great indifference; and with like unconcern beheld the messenger sit down to write out an execution of deforcement.

    The Antiquary

  • He then spoke to the messenger, who, upon his arrival, had laid aside all thoughts of making a good by-job out of the deforcement, and accepted Mr. Oldbuck's assurances that the horse and taxed-cart should be safely returned in the course of two or three hours.

    The Antiquary

  • There was something in the air and tone of the young soldier, which seemed to argue that his interference was not likely to be confined to mere expostulation; and which, if it promised finally the advantages of a process of battery and deforcement, would certainly commence with the unpleasant circumstances necessary for founding such a complaint.

    The Antiquary

  • He then spoke to the messenger, who, upon his arrival, had laid aside all thoughts of making a good by-job out of the deforcement, and accepted

    The Antiquary

  • At the same time, Myasnik Malkhasyan and Hakob Hakobyan were found guilty in accordance with part 1 article 225 of RA Criminal Code (Organization of mass disorders, aggravated with violence, pogroms, arsons, property damage, use of firearms, explosives or armed deforcement) which stipulates for 5 years of imprisonment.

    Armenian News - PanARMENIAN.Net

  • In Shengavit regular court a sentence was passed for RA ex-Foreign Minister Alik Arzumanyan and Suren Sirunyan, who were imprisoned after March 1, 2008 events and found guilty in accordance with part 1, article 225 RA Criminal Code (Organization of mass disorders, aggravated with violence, pogroms, property damage, use of firearms, explosives or armed deforcement).

    Armenian News - PanARMENIAN.Net

  • But even supposing you unacquainted with the statutes of William the Lion, in which _capite quarto versu quinto, _ this crime of deforcement is termed _despectus Domini Regis_ -- a contempt, to wit, of the king himself, in whose name all legal diligence issues, -- could you not have inferred, from the information I took so much pains to give you to-day, that those who interrupt officers who come to execute letters of caption, are _tanquam participes criminis rebellionis?

    The Antiquary — Complete

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