breaking and entering
break·ing and entering n: the act of gaining passage into and entering another's property (as a building or vehicle) without privilege or by force; also: the crime of breaking and entering see also burglary

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

breaking and entering
index burglary, housebreaking

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


breaking and entering
n.
Forcibly opening a building and then entering it; two elements of the crime of burglary.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


breaking and entering

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


breaking and entering
Entering any building through the slightest amount of force (even pushing open a door), without authorization. When someone enters in order to commit a crime, this is burglary. If there is no such intent, the breaking and entering alone may be illegal trespass, which is a misdemeanor crime.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

breaking and entering
n.
   1) the criminal act of entering a residence or other enclosed property through the slightest amount of force (even pushing open a door), without authorization. If there is intent to commit a crime, this is burglary. If there is no such intent, the breaking and entering alone is probably at least illegal trespass, which is a misdemeanor crime.
   2) the criminal charge for the above.
   See also: burglary, trespass

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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