force


force
force 1 n
1: a cause of motion, activity, or change
intervening force: a force that acts after another's negligent act or omission has occurred and that causes injury to another: intervening cause at cause
irresistible force: an unforeseeable event esp. that prevents performance of an obligation under a contract: force majeure
2: a body of persons available for a particular end
the labor force; specif: police force
— usu. used with the
3: violence, compulsion, or constraint exerted upon or against a person or thing
constructive force: the use of threats or intimidation for the purpose of gaining control over or preventing resistance from another
dead·ly force: force that is intended to cause or that carries a substantial risk of causing death or serious bodily injury compare nondeadly force in this entry
◇ As a general rule, deadly force may be used without incurring criminal or tort liability when one reasonably believes that one's life or safety is in danger. In some cases, a person's unreasonable belief in the need for deadly force has been used to justify reducing a charge of murder to voluntary manslaughter. Additionally, a police officer is generally justified in using deadly force to prevent the escape of a suspect who threatens the officer or who the officer has probable cause to believe has committed a violent crime.
lawful force: force that is considered justified under the law and does not create criminal or tort liability compare unlawful force in this entry
mod·er·ate force /'mä-də-rət-/: nondeadly force in this entry
non·dead·ly force: force that is intended to cause minor bodily injury; also: a threat (as by the brandishing of a gun) to use deadly force – called also moderate force; compare deadly force in this entry
reasonable force: Lawful force that is reasonably necessary to accomplish a particular end (as preventing theft of one's property)
unlawful force: force that is not justified under the law and therefore is considered a tort or crime or both compare lawful force in this entry
in force: valid and operative
a life insurance policy in force
force 2 vt forced, forc·ing
1 a: to compel by physical means often against resistance
forced him into the car
b: to break open or through
forced the door see also forcible entry
2: to impose or require by law see also elective share; forced heir at heir; forced sale at sale

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

force
I (compulsion) noun arbitrary power, authority, coaction, coercion, command, compulsion, constraining power, constraint, constriction, control, demand, dictation, discipline, drive, duress, enforcement, exaction, impelling, imposition, impressment, inducement, insistence, martial law, necessitation, necessitude, necessity, need, oppression, persuasion, pressure, prevailing, repression, restraint, restriction, sanction, spur of necessity, stress, strict control, subjection, subjugation, urgency, vehemence associated concepts: ejectment by force, forced merger, forced payment, forced sale foreign phrases:
- Vis iegibus est inimica. — Force is inimical to the laws
- Quod alias bonum et justum est, si per vim vel fraudem petatur, malum et injustum efficitur. — What otherwise is good and just, becomes bad and unjust if it is sought by force and fraud
- Non videtur vim facere, qui jure suo utitur et ordlnaria actione experitur. — He is not considered to use force who exercises his own right, and proceeds by ordinary action
- Ejus nulla culpa est, cui parere necesse sit. — No guilt attaches to a person who is compelled to obey
- Nihil consensui tarn contrarium est quam vis atque metus. — Nothing is so opposed to consent as force and fear.
II (legal efficacy) noun authorized might, lawful power, lawful vigor, legal vitality, legitimate puissance, rightful strength, sanctioned effectiveness, sanctioned potency, statutory cogency, valid potentiality III (strength) noun ability, ableness, ascendancy, authoritativeness, brawn, capability, cogency, command, competence, consequence, control, domination, dominion, effectiveness, effectuality, efficacy, empowerment, enablement, endurance, energy, firmness, forcefulness, hardiness, impact, impetus, importance, influence, influentiality, intensity, manus, mastery, might, mightiness, omnipotence, physical power, potence, potency, power, powerfulness, predominance, pressure, primacy, proficiency, stamina, supremacy, sway, vigor, vigorousness, virulence, vis, vitality associated concepts: armed force, constructive force, excessive force, intervening force, physical force, superior force, threats of force, unnecessary force, unreasonable force foreign phrases:
- Vim vi repellere licet, modo flat moderamine inculpatae tutelae, non ad sumendam vindictam, sed ad propulsandam injuriam. — It is lawful to repel force by force, provided it be done with the moderation of blameless defense, not for the purpose of taking revenge, but to repel injury
IV (break) verb batter, breach, crack, disjoint, fissure, inrumpere, invade, pry, rend, rive, rupture, shatter, smash, split, strain, tear asunder, wrench V (coerce) verb apply pressure, cause to yield, command, compel, constrain, control, demand, enforce, enforce obedience, enjoin, enslave, enthrall, exercise power over, exprimere, extorquere, extort, impose, insist, make obligatory, necessitate, obligate, oblige, order, overpower, overwhelm, press, push, put under obligation, require, tax, urge, use violence VI index ardor, attack, authority (power), band, bind (obligate), cast (throw), catalyst, clout, coerce, coercion, command, compel, compulsion (coercion), connotation, consequence (significance), constrain (compel), constraint (restriction), content (meaning), context, dint, dominance, draw (attraction), duress, emphasis, enforce, enforcement, entail, exact, extort, foist, hijack, impact, impetus, impose (subject), inflict, infliction, infringement, leverage, levy, main point, make, mistreat, misusage, necessitate, obtrude, oppression, overload, potential, power, press (constrain), pressure (noun), pressure (verb), prestige, puissance, purpose, repercussion, require (compel), rigor, severity, significance, signification, sinew, spirit, staff, strength, stress (accent), stress (strain), struggle, subjection, substance (essential nature), validity, value, violence, weight (importance)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


force
n.
Compulsion; power exerted to make something happen.
v.
To make someone do something against his or her will.

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


force
n. Power or strength.
@ deadly force
Force used which is known or expected, or should be expected to cause death.
@ in force
Legal validity, as with a law or regulation that is "in force."
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


force
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.

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


force
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.

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

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