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The common-law name given to the wrongful possession of land to which another person is rightfully entitled; the detention of Dower from a widow.
Although the term includes disseisin, abatement, discontinuance, and intrusion, deforcement especially applies to situations in which a person is entitled to a life estate or absolute ownership of land but has never taken possession.
DEFORCEMENT, tort. In its most extensive sense it signifies the holding of any lands or tenements to which another person has a right; Co. Litt. 277; so that this includes, as well, an abatement, an intrusion, a disseisin, or a discontinuance, as any other species of wrong whatsoever, by which the owner of the freehold is kept out of possession. But, as contradistinguished from the former, it is only such a detainer, of the freehold, from him who has the right of property, as falls within none of the injuries above mentioned. 3 Bl. Com. 173; Archb. Civ. Pl. 13; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.
DEFORCEMENT, Scotch law. The opposition given, or resistance made, to
messengers or other officers, while they are employed in executing the law.
2. This crime is punished by confiscation of movables, the one half to the king, and the other to the creditor at whose suit the diligence is used. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4,4,32.