- forcible entry and detainer
- A common-law offense against the public peace committed by violently taking or keeping possession of lands and tenements, with menaces, force and arms, and without the authority of law. 4 Bl Comm 148. A remedy to obtain restitution to possession of one turned or kept out of possession of real property by strong hand, violence, or terror. 35 Am J2d Forc E & D § 5.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.