FORCIBLE

FORCIBLE

forcible, adj. Effected by force or threat of force against opposition or resistance.

¡°[In the law of trespass, the] term ¡®forcible¡¯ is used in a wide and somewhat unnatural sense to include any act of physical interference with the person or property of another. To lay one’s finger on another person without lawful justification is as much a forcible injury in the eye of the law, and therefore a trespass, as to beat him with a stick. To walk peacefully across another man’s land is a forcible injury and a trespass, no less than to break into his house vi et armis. So also it is probably a trespass deliberately to put matter where natural forces will take it on to the plaintiff’s land.¡± R.F.V. Heuston, Salmond on the Law of Torts 5 (17th ed. 1977).


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