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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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about 6,000) shall creep along the right horn of the hill and fall upon the left flank of Twala's force, and one-third shall creep along the left horn and fall upon Twala's right flank.
Within little more than an hour rations had been served out and devoured, the divisions were formed, the scheme of onslaught was explained to the leaders, and the whole force, numbering about 18,000 men, was ready to move, with the exception of a guard left in charge of the wounded.
After that the advance was a little slower, for though as yet we had offered no serious opposition, the attacking forces must climb up hill, and they came slowly to save their breath.
Recollect, your worship," said Sancho, "Justice, which is the king himself, is not using force or doing wrong to such persons, but punishing them for their crimes.
I should like to go farther, and give reasons to show that it is advisable to choose those who are to hold so necessary an office in the state, but this is not the fit place for it; some day I will expound the matter to some one able to see to and rectify it; all I say now is, that the additional fact of his being a sorcerer has removed the sorrow it gave me to see these white hairs and this venerable countenance in so painful a position on account of his being a pimp; though I know well there are no sorceries in the world that can move or compel the will as some simple folk fancy, for our will is free, nor is there herb or charm that can force it.
This request I make thus gently and quietly, that, if you comply with it, I may have reason for thanking you; and, if you will not voluntarily, this lance and sword together with the might of my arm shall compel you to comply with it by force.
Don Quixote was unable to shield himself so well but that more pebbles than I could count struck him full on the body with such force that they brought him to the ground; and the instant he fell the student pounced upon him, snatched the basin from his head, and with it struck three or four blows on his shoulders, and as many more on the ground, knocking it almost to pieces.
We shall have time to get down there before they can force an entry.
Mugambi launched his spear at the nearest of the enemy with a force that drove the heavy shaft completely through the Arab's body, then he seized a pistol from another, and grasping it by the barrel brained all who forced their way too near his mistress.
It is really highlighted here in Orlando, I think in a great way, but this city has always been a major supporter of our United States Air Force, and we always appreciate it.
I am the person who is supposed to tell the chief and the secretary and the vice chief and the under secretary of the Air Force what we are doing right, what perhaps we are not doing right, what we are missing, and what we need to re-emphasize.
He will rely on gravity to supply this external force to his skateboard or snowboard.