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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.

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