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From Old French deforciant, present participle of deforcier. See deforce.


deforciant (plural deforciants)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, law) One who keeps out of possession the rightful owner of an estate.
  2. (obsolete, Britain, law) One against whom a fictitious action of fine was brought.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for deforciant in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)