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


  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Force, In old English law. Force used by an accessary, to enable the principal to commit a crime, as by binding or holding a person while another killed him or by aiding or counseling in any way or commanding the act to be done. Bract fols. 138, 138b. According to Lord Coke, fortia was a word of art, and properly signified the furnishing of a weapon of force to do the fact, and by force whereof the fact was committed, and he that furnished it was not present when the fact was done. 2 Inst. 182.
    —Fortia frisca. Fresh force, (g. v.)