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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The constant and variable groups received EMGBFB-assisted TA exercise training emphasizing constant force or variable force practice, and the control group performed upper extremity exercises without EMGBFB.
(iii) Constant force and within a harmonic trap V (x) = [theta][lambda][x.sup.2]/2 - [v.sub.drift][lambda]x.
In the attempt of maintaining a constant force level, big mass muscles are modulated in the frequency range of 0-3.5 Hz and are responsible for mean force level.
Fuzzy Control Algorithm with Self-Adjusting Factor for Constant Force Milling.
In the constant force region, which is below the base angular frequency, [[omega].sub.b], the LIM force is kept constant.
The two mainspring barrels supply the hand- wound caliber with an amazing 90 hours of power reserve, and provide a more constant force to the wheel train.
Now we let [delta] > 0 be the constant force of interest so that after time t a capital x becomes [xe.sup.[delta]t].
Its unique design enables it to maintain a nearly constant force over a broad compression range, compensating for large mating tolerances and temperature changes without significant deviation from its initial force.
Therefore, Roger tried to find a suitable spring that applies a constant force to maintain a vacuum by keeping the wipes pressed against the sealed front of the box.
It is to be mentioned here that in the last few months due to poor law and order situation and constant force search operation to hunt militants hundreds of tribal families have fled Jamrud and have taken refuge in down town.
The sensor electromagnetically drives a piston through a fluid in a controlled measurement chamber at a constant force. Proprietary circuitry analyzes the piston's two-way travel time to measure the absolute viscosity.
This gives the mainspring a constant force as it winds down.

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