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.

Examples of forcible entry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indiana law states that a person who forcibly enters a vehicle to remove a domestic animal is responsible for half of the cost of repairing the vehicle damage directly caused by the person's forcible entry if certain criteria aren't met. Jade Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 18 June 2024 Troopers made forcible entry into the room and found her alone. Landon Mion, Fox News, 3 Mar. 2024 Based in Fort Liberty, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne specializes in forcible entry operations, rapidly parachuting into areas to clear the way for further military operations. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 11 July 2023 In a news release, ALEA said that the individual was seen trying to make forcible entry into a marked Rainbow City patrol vehicle near the school. Jamiel Lynch, Tina Burnside and Jarrod Wardwell, CNN, 9 June 2022 The basic unit costs $898,000, and add-ons, including a thermal imaging camera, extinguishers, forcible entry equipment and two specialized rescue packages, bring the total to $1,007,927. Beth Mlady, cleveland, 4 July 2020 In the first minutes of their response, an officer also said a Halligan, a firefighting tool that is used for forcible entry, was on scene, according to the Tribune. Travis Caldwell and Rosa Flores, CNN, 21 June 2022 Last year’s forcible entry and warrant amendments legislation stalled primarily because of a provision stating that no-knock warrants were only to be allowed in circumstances when there was an imminent threat to a person inside or outside of a building. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Feb. 2022 The second break-in was on the 4300 block of Western Avenue, where forcible entry to a home was made through a side door and several items of jewelry were taken. Hank Beckman,, 25 Jan. 2022

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“Forcible entry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

forcible entry

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