Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Withholding land from the true owner. See 17 N. J. L. 246.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Deforcement ls where a man wrongfully holds lands to which another person is entitled. It therefore includes disseisin, abatement, discontinuance, and intrusion. Co. Litt. 277b, 331b; Foxworth v. White, 5 Strob. (S. C.) 115; Woodruff v. Brown, 17 N. J. Law, 269; Hopper v. Hopper, 21 N. J. Law, 548. But it is applied especially to cases, not falling under those heads, where the person entitled to the freehold has nevor had possession;