forcible entry

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of forcible entry

chiefly US
: entering a building or room by using force to open a door or window
  • The door showed signs of forcible entry.

Word by Word Definitions

forcible play
  1. : effected by force used against opposition or resistance

  2. : characterized by force, efficiency, or energy : powerful

entry play
  1. : the right or privilege of entering : entrée

  2. : the act of entering : entrance

  3. : a place of entrance: such as


Law Dictionary

forcible entry

noun

legal Definition of forcible entry

1 : the unlawful taking of possession of real property by force or threats of force against the lawful possessor — see also forcible entry and detainer
2 : unlawful entry into or onto another's property especially when accompanied by force
  • forcible entry of an automobile

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