Torts. The unlawful assumption of the use of property which bell longs to another; au interruption or the disturbing a mau in his right and possession. Tomlins. In public law. The unlawful seizure or assumption of sovereign power; the assunip- P lion of government or supreme power by force or illegally, in derogation of the consti- tution aud of the rights of the lawful ruler.

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