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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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Godfrey said that Virgin Blue had always intended starting services to and within New Zealand, but that the collapse of Qantas New Zealand had forced the issue earlier than expected.
Above all, by the 1840s the cultural and political processes of the market revolution forced the issue of slavery permanently into contention, and helped sow the final seeds of the civil war to come.
The opening set went with serve through to the sixth game before Henman broke his Dutch opponent and forced the issue again in game nine to take the set 6-3.