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

    Withholding possession of lands or tenements of another by force.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The offense Of violently keeping possession of lands and tenements, with menacos, force, and arms, and without the authority of law. 4 Bl. Comm. 148; 4 Steph. Comm. 280. Forcible detainer may ensue upon a peaceable entry, as well as upon a forcible entry; but it is most commonly spoken of in the phrase "forcible entry and detainer." See infra.