Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Adverse to; contrary; opposed to; without the consent of; in contact with. State v. Metzger, 26 Kan. 395; James v. Bank, 12 R. I. 460; Seabright v. Seabright, 28 W. Va. 465; State v. Prather, 54 Ind. 63. '
    —Against the form of the statute. When the act complained of is prohibited by a statute. these technical words must be used in an indictment under it. The Latin phrase is contra formam statuti. State v. Murphy, 15 R. I. 543, 10 Atl. 585.
    —Against the peace. A technical phrase used in alleging a breach of the peace. See Contra Pacem. State v. Tibbetts, 86 Me 189, 29 Atl. 979.
    —Against the will. Technical words which must be used in framing an indictment for robbery from the person, rape and some other offenses. With-taker v. State, 50 Wis. 521, 7 N W. 431. 36 Am. St. Rep 856; Cam. v. Burke, 105 Mass. 376. 7 Am. Ren. 531; Beyer v. People, 86 N. Y. 369.