UK Accounting Glossary
The statement that says something was done without a person’s consent. Such as rape, robbery or an assault.
Without one’s consent, forcibly, as in The defendant knew he could not be made to testify against his will. Originally one meaning of will was “acquiescence” or “consent,” but this sense survives only in this idiom, which today nearly always implies some use of force.
Against the will is a phrase which means contrary to a person’s wishes.
The phrase is used in indictments to demonstrate that a defendant’s conduct was without the victim’s consent.
For example, indictments for sexual molestation will contain the words “feloniously and against the will to sufficiently charge the offence.
In indictments for robbery from the person, the words “feloniously and against the will,” must be used; as no other words or phrase will sufficiently charge the offence.
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This glossary post was last updated: 8th December 2019.