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Force

Power, violence, compulsion, or constraint exerted upon or against a person or thing. Power dynamically considered, that is, in motion or in action; constraining power, compulsion; strength directed to an end. Commonly the word occurs in such connections as to show that unlawful or wrongful action is meant, e.g., forcible entry.

Power statically considered, that is, at rest, or latent, but capable of being called into activity upon occasion for its exercise. Efficacy; legal validity. This is the meaning when we say that a statute or a contract is in force.

Reasonable force is that degree of force that is appropriate and not inordinate in defending one's person or property. A person who employs such force is justified in doing so and is neither criminally liable nor civilly liable in tort for the conduct.

Deadly Force is utilized when a person intends to cause death or serious bodily harm or when he or she recognizes personal involvement in the creation of a substantial risk that death or bodily harm will occur.

force

(Compulsion), noun arbitrary power, authority, coaction, coercion, command, compulsion, constraining power, constraint, constriction, control, demand, dictation, discipline, drive, duress, enforcement, exaction, impelling, imposition, impressment, inducement, insistence, martial law, necessitation, necessitude, necessity, need, oppression, persuasion, pressure, prevailing, repression, restraint, sanction, spur of necessity, stress, strict control, subjugation, urgency, vehemence
Associated concepts: ejectment by force, forced merger, forced payment, forced sale
Foreign phrases: Vis legibus est inimica.Force is inimical to the laws. Quod alias bonum et justum est, si per vim vel fraudem petatur, malum et injustum efficitur. What otherrise is good and just, becomes bad and unjust if it is sought by force and fraud. Non videtur vim facere, qui jure suo utitur et ordinaria actione experitur. He is not considered to use force who exercises his own right, and proceeds by ordinary action. Ejus nulla culpa est, cui parere necesse sit. No guilt attaches to a person who is compelled to obey. Nihil consensui tam contrarium est quam vis atque metus. Nothing is so opposed to consent as force and fear.

force

(Legal efficacy), noun authorized might, lawful power, lawful vigor, legal vitality, legitimate puissance, rightful strength, sanctioned effectiveness, sanctioned pooency, statutory cogency, valid potentiality

force

(Strength), noun ability, ableness, ascendancy, authoritativeness, brawn, capability, cogency, command, competence, consequence, control, domination, effectiveness, effectuality, efficacy, empowerment, enablement, endurance, energy, firmness, forcefulness, hardiness, impact, impetus, importance, influence, intensity, manus, mastery, might, mightiness, omnipotence, physical power, potence, potency, power, powerfulness, predominance, pressure, primacy, stamina, supremacy, sway, vigor, vigorousness, virulence, vis, vitality
Associated concepts: armed force, constructive force, excessive force, intervening force, physical force, superior force, threats of force, unnecessary force, unreasonable force
Foreign phrases: Vim vi repellere licet, modo fiat moddramine inculpatae tutelae, non ad sumendam vindiccam, sed ad propulsandam injuriam.It is lawful to repel force by force, provided it be done with the moderation of blameless defense, not for the purpose of taking revenge, but to repel injury.

force

(Break), verb batter, breach, crack, disjoint, fissure, inrumpere, invade, pry, rend, rive, rupture, shatter, smash, split, strain, tear asunder, wrench

force

(Coerce), verb apply pressure, cause to yield, command, compel, constrain, control, demand, enforce, ennorce obedience, enjoin, enslave, enthrall, exercise power over, exprimere, extorquere, extort, impose, insist, make obligatory, necessitate, obligate, oblige, order, overpower, overwhelm, press, push, put under obligation, require, tax, urge, use violence
See also: ardor, attack, authority, band, bind, cast, catalyst, clout, coerce, coercion, command, compel, compulsion, connotation, consequence, constrain, constraint, content, context, dint, dominance, draw, duress, emphasis, enforce, enforcement, entail, exact, extort, foist, hijack, impact, impetus, importance, impose, inflict, infliction, infringement, leverage, levy, main point, make, meaning, mistreat, misusage, necessitate, obligate, obtrude, oppression, overload, potential, power, press, pressure, prestige, puissance, purpose, repercussion, require, restriction, rigor, severity, significance, signification, sinew, spirit, staff, strength, stress, struggle, subject, subjection, substance, validity, value, violence, weight
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of presuming upon the acquaintance - the love, if you will - accidentally contracted, or rather forced upon her against her will, when she was an unknown fugitive, toiling for her own support, apparently without fortune, family, or connections; to come upon her now, when she was reinstated in her proper sphere, and claim a share in her prosperity, which, had it never failed her, would most certainly have kept her unknown to me for ever?
The shores of the ancient seas were dotted with just such cities, and lesser ones, in diminishing numbers, were to be found converging toward the center of the oceans, as the people had found it necessary to follow the receding waters until necessity had forced upon them their ultimate salvation, the so-called Martian canals.
He could not really see why her fate should have the least bearing on his; yet he dimly felt that he had only just begun to measure the risks of the championship which his engagement had forced upon him.
The various races had made war upon one another for ages, and the three higher types had easily bested the green savages of the water places of the world, but now that the receding seas necessitated constant abandonment of their fortified cities and forced upon them a more or less nomadic life in which they became separated into smaller communities they soon fell prey to the fierce hordes of green men.
In place of tender remembrances of Cecilia, these were the perplexing and unwelcome thoughts which the more potent personality of Francine forced upon Emily's mind.
The thought was forced upon me: "The ras- cals -- THEY have served other people so in their day; it being their own turn, now, they were not expecting any better treatment than this; so their philosophical bearing is not an outcome of mental training, intellec- tual fortitude, reasoning; it is mere animal training; they are white Indians.
Her reverting to this tone as if our association were forced upon us and we were mere puppets, gave me pain; but everything in our intercourse did give me pain.
In the same way I fancied that those nations which, starting from a semi-barbarous state and advancing to civilization by slow degrees, have had their laws successively determined, and, as it were, forced upon them simply by experience of the hurtfulness of particular crimes and disputes, would by this process come to be possessed of less perfect institutions than those which, from the commencement of their association as communities, have followed the appointments of some wise legislator.
Many people would accept the situation forced upon us, if only to move amongst such wonders.
Oliver: who was completely stupified by the unwonted exercise, and the air, and the drink which had been forced upon him: put his hand mechanically into that which Sikes extended for the purpose.
And after the manner of the average man, whose ambition is to command events, he began to mistrust such a gratuitous and accidental success - just because it seemed forced upon him.
But he was not without a sense of humor, and the situation as it now was forced upon him struck him as amusing.