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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enforcementnoun

    the act of enforcing; ensuring observance of or obedience to


  1. enforcementnoun

    The act of enforcing; compulsion.

  2. enforcementnoun

    A giving force to; a putting in execution.

  3. enforcementnoun

    That which enforces, constraints, gives force, authority, or effect to; constraint; force applied.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Enforcementnoun

    Etymology: from enforce.

    Confess ’twas her’s, and by what rough enforcement
    You got it from her. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    He that contendeth against these enforcements, may easily master or resist them. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    The rewards and punishments of another life, which the Almighty has established as the enforcements of his law, are of weight enough to determine the choice. John Locke.

    The personal descent of God himself, and his assumption of our flesh to his divinity, was an enforcement beyond all the methods of wisdom that were ever made use of in the world. Henry Hammond, on Fundamentals.

    More than I have said,
    The leisure and enforcement of the time
    Forbids to dwell on. William Shakespeare, Richard III.


  1. enforcement

    Enforcement is the act of compelling observance of or compliance with a law, rule, regulation, or agreement. It involves the implementation or application of laws or regulations by an authority or designated body. It can also refer to the actions or measures taken to ensure individuals, groups, or legal entities adhere to set standards, policies, or legislation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enforcementnoun

    the act of enforcing; compulsion

  2. Enforcementnoun

    a giving force to; a putting in execution

  3. Enforcementnoun

    that which enforces, constraints, gives force, authority, or effect to; constraint; force applied

  4. Etymology: [Cf. OF. enforcement.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enforcement' in Nouns Frequency: #2486

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enforcement in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enforcement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of enforcement in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Rodriguez:

    It is the universally recognized term for law enforcement and our personnel routinely interact with individuals from around the world, in the often dangerous law enforcement arena, being able to immediately identify yourself as law enforcement may be a life-or-death issue.

  2. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    The overwhelming and vast majority of law enforcement officers in this country are just trying to do their jobs, it is troubling that there are groups and rhetoric out there now that is encouraging people to demonize law enforcement, to target law enforcement or in some cases, quite frankly, to misrepresent what law enforcement is trying to do.

  3. Whitman Knapp:

    After 20 years on the bench I have concluded that federal drug laws are a disaster. It is time to get the government out of drug enforcement.

  4. J. Edgar Hoover:

    Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth ... Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common Every single one was a liar.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    The importance of making sure that the sense of accountability when, in fact, law enforcement is involved in a deadly shooting is something that I think communities across the board are going to need to consider, we have a great opportunity, coming out of some great conflict and tragedy, to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations so that everybody feels safer and our law enforcement officers feel, rather than being embattled, feel fully supported.

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  • إجباريArabic
  • изпълнение, принудаBulgarian
  • DurchsetzungGerman
  • eldevigoEsperanto
  • aplicación, compulsión, ejecución, coerciónSpanish
  • täytäntöönpano, toimeenpanoFinnish
  • प्रवर्तनHindi
  • handhavingDutch
  • aplicação, imposição, coerção, cumprimento, observação, execuçãoPortuguese
  • исполнение, осуществление, правоприменение, принуждениеRussian
  • Chinese

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