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

    Same as excessive force.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    When a defendant pleaded to an action of assault that the plaintiff trespassed on hls land, and he would not depart when ordered, whereupon he, molliter manus imposuit, gently laid hands on him, the replication of excess was to the effect that the defendant used more force than necessary. Wharton.