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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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The hostile disposition of the savages, and their allies, caused General Clark, the commandant at the Falls of the Ohio, immediately to begin an expedition with his own regiment, and the armed force of the country, against Pecaway, the principal town of the Shawanese, on a branch of Great Miami, which he finished with great success, took seventeen scalps, and burnt the town to ashes, with the loss of seventeen men.
If I hold you by main force," she said, "you shall stop and hear me.
The nobles, whose power had become exorbitant during the reign of Stephen, and whom the prudence of Henry the Second had scarce reduced to some degree of subjection to the crown, had now resumed their ancient license in its utmost extent; despising the feeble interference of the English Council of State, fortifying their castles, increasing the number of their dependants, reducing all around them to a state of vassalage, and striving by every means in their power, to place themselves each at the head of such forces as might enable him to make a figure in the national convulsions which appeared to be impending.
I mentioned the prudent management of our treasury; the valour and achievements of our forces, by sea and land.
About the beginning of the sixteenth century arose a Moor near the Cape of Gardafui, who, by the assistance of the forces sent him from Moca by the Arabs and Turks, conquered almost all Abyssinia, and founded the kingdom of Adel.
The Bishop and the old knight, stiff as they were, did not delay longer than for breakfast, but so great was their rage and shame--made straight to Nottingham and levied the Sheriff's forces.
On the other hand, the liberty of the people would be less safe in this state of things than in that which left the national forces in the hands of the national government.
The cheap prices of its commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls, with which it forces the barbarians' intensely obstinate hatred of foreigners to capitulate.
Her forces were entirely destroyed or captured, and no further resistance was to be expected from within.
For, although one may be very strong in armed forces, yet in entering a province one has always need of the goodwill of the natives.
With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph will be complete.
The cup moves because certain mechanical forces are impressed on it by my hand.