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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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Underlying Cooper's notion of a "double standard" is the belief that force is somehow backwards, a lower stage on man's evolutionary ascent to a forceless world where conscience rules.
Indeed, if we consider contrasts between forceful and forceless WAMs different from the one we have just contemplated and attempt to discern various features WAMs should possess in order to be accorded any mitigating force, and we then apply these results to the case at hand (as I've done elsewhere, (18) and as we'll briefly see in section 3.2), we find that the warranted assertability objection against contextualism fails miserably to meet all manner of other reasonable criteria we can discern for what it would take for a WAM to be successful.
The secret of true adequation is that the mental force becomes forceless in the decisive point, like a balance pointer at zero, by listening to both sides at once, percept and concept.
The day after the Countryside March the then Agriculture Secretary Mr Jack Cunningham, now the forceless Government enforcer, said Labour would be "failing in its duty" if it did not listen to the marchers' concerns.