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Power, energy, or violence directed against a person or thing. Strength exerted against a person or thing.


'To constrain or compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means.' Commonwealth v. Caracciola 569 N.E.2d 774 (1991) 


A power put in motion. It is: 1. Actual; or 2. Implied.


1. If a person with force break a door or gate for an illegal purpose, it is lawful to oppose force to force; and if one enter the close of another, vi et armis, he may be expelled immediately, without a previous request; for there is no time to make a request. When it is necessary to rely upon actual force in pleading, as in the case of a forcible entry, the words 'manu forti,' or with a strong hand should be adopted. But in other cases, the words 'vi et armis,' or 'with force and arms,' is sufficient.


2. The entry into the ground of another, without his consent, is breaking his close, for force is implied in every trespass quare clausum fregit. In the case of false imprisonment, force is implied. And the same rule prevails where a wife, a daughter or servant, have been ...

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