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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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His vision includes turning Europe's existing ESM bailout fund into a European Monetary Fund (EMF).
The highest density of VGCCs are in the central nervous system (CNS), reports Pall; and studies dating back to the 1950s and 1960s show that the CNS is the organ that is most sensitive to EMFs. Some of the studies show major changes in the structure of neurons, including cell death and synaptic dysfunction.
In 1979, a well-publicized study proposed a link between EMFs and childhood leukemia.
The EMF was generated by switching on the internet data connection for 60 minutes daily for 2 months.
In this case, after 2 h of EMF expose from the beginning of the treatment, a significant decrease in the percentage of concentration MPN/100ml.
In general, it was found that EMF exposure caused changes in membrane permeability, late apoptotic, and early necrotic blastomeres.
This case report highlights a unique example of biventricular EMF complicated by RVOT aneurysms.
In a statement, the company said: "During the past 40 years, EMF has built a tradition of excellence in providing its customers with an innovative and extended product range that has been carefully selected."
Available in a wide range of deck sizes and capacities, the Deister EMF Series is backed with 24/7 parts and service support, stocked American-made parts, and a global network of dealers.
Experts from the Swiss Research Foundation for Electricity and Mobile Communication (FSM) say that there are crucial deficits in current EMF exposure assessment and monitoring to be overcome.
There have been few studies on the behavioral changes that invertebrates might show in the presence of EMF although a small laboratory study implied that Dungeness crabs (Metacarcinus magister) were attracted to a zone of high EMF and that crabs in some zones with elevated EMF levels were somewhat more active than control animals5.
This special issue of the Energy Journal documents the main findings of Energy Modeling Forum Model Inter-comparison Project (MIP) number 24 (EMF 24) entitled "The EMF24 Study on U.S.