deadly force
deadly force see force 3

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

deadly force
n.
Force that could kill the person against whom it is used.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


deadly force
An amount of force that is likely to cause either serious bodily injury or death to another person.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


deadly force
An amount of force that is likely to cause either serious bodily injury or death to another person.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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