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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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BERMUDA are forcing the pace at the head of the M&B Bedworth Ladies Clubs Games League as the season moves well into its second half.
He stayed on well to finish second after forcing the pace with stable companion King Of Rooks and should be suited by tonight's 6f.
"Our juniors Andrew Hill and Sean Moore lost out on points decisions to Kronk boxers David Ferrin and Niall Rooney after forcing the pace and having them on the back foot.
Team Sky rode aggressively, forcing the pace among the pack from 60km out and while that worked perfectly for Uran, Wiggins didn't quite have the legs at the crucial stage.