vi et armis


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vi et armis

(ˈvaɪ ɛt ˈɑːmɪs)
n
(Law) legal history a kind of trespass accompanied by force and violence
[literally: by force and arms]
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(37.) "Qui regno ita potitus urbem novam, conditam vi et armis, iure eam legibusque ac moribus de integro condere parat" Livy, Ab urbe condita 1, 19.
In common law, an essential characteristic of larceny, or theft from a person or premises, was that it take place by means of a forcible taking - vi et armis. The law deemed physical violence, in the loose sense of a trespass, as integral to the act.
If that is all there is to competing historical interpretation, then there is no resolution of our differences except vi et armis, by deciding our quarrel with pistols at dawn.