Enforcement En*force"ment, n. [Cf. OF. enforcement.] 1. The act of enforcing; compulsion. [1913 Webster]

He that contendeth against these enforcements may easily master or resist them. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

Confess 't was hers, and by what rough enforcement You got it from her. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A giving force to; a putting in execution. [1913 Webster]

Enforcement of strict military discipline. --Palfrey. [1913 Webster]

3. That which enforces, constraints, gives force, authority, or effect to; constraint; force applied. [1913 Webster]

The rewards and punishment of another life, which the Almighty has established as the enforcements of his law. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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