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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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The final section "From Neo-Hippocraticism to the Avant-Garde" opens with the materialist Pedro Mata y Fontanet, who debunked neo-Hippocratic vitalism equating it with the "unmodern," at the same time that Spanish Krausism recast vital force in social and moral terms, "instrumental in building the ideal society of the future, a society unhampered by the conservatism of State-sponsored development" (202).
By providing a medicine that matches the disease state nearly exactly, the patient can work toward a curative state because such a medicine will work at a level deeper than the disease on repairing the vital force energy (Hahnemann 1997).
On the contrary, he argues that overcoming the notion of a vital force embodied by special individuals in finance would require greater public education in financial matters, and asks whether such education should be seen as a public necessity, or even as a right, given the social significance of financial markets.
He helped the association establish the National Cooperative Bank, which has become a vital force in modern cooperative development in the United States.
The evening will conclude with "Sva," which translates to "Vital Force."
The aluminium industry is an increasingly vital force in the region and is expected to meet around 25 per cent of international market requirements by 2015.
"The aluminum industry is increasingly becoming a vital force in the region and is expected to meet around 25 per cent of the international market requirements by 2015," he said.
Well, clearly the US team is getting better and maybe one day can be a vital force in the world of football.
A short time later, I received some wonderful offers in two different states; it was a no brainer, Tennessee won hands down, in part to what I know first-hand about the momentum of professional nursing in this state where nurses are both inspiring and a vital force. I have been part of it, and I have returned to continue our collective journey of health promotion and disease prevention through our nursing careers and through the support of TNA.
Many hope the surviving entity will be energized and become a vital force in challenging the power of the major networks and studios.
So, your individual contacts with members of Congress and their legislative aides remind them that veterans remain a strong, vital force in this country.
While religion is a vital force in the lives of most Americans, relatively few say they look to religion as the primary source of their views on social and political issues, according to the latest report from the U.S.