Deforcement Law and Legal Definition

Deforcement is unlawful or wrongful keeping out of a person from lands or tenements, to which the person is rightfully entitled by use of force. Deforcement can apply to situations in which a person has a right to a life estate or absolute ownership of property, but has never had possession. Deforcement is a broad term for the withholding of real property to which another person is entitled. Deforcement can also refer to an act of detaining a person's money or property unjustly and forcibly. Detention of dower from a widow is an example of deforcement.