breaking and enteringbreaking and entering
the felonious act of putting aside any obstacle to entry of a house or other structure owned by another, which if left untouched would prevent entrance, followed by entry, with the intention of committing a crime
also called breaking and entry
breaking and entering
nounAbbr. B & E
The entering of another's premises without authorization, especially after the use of illegal means such as forcing a lock.
- attributive form of breaking and entering, noun.
- his breaking-and-entering conviction
breaking and entering - Legal Definition
Two of the elements constituting the crime of burglary. Under the common law, forcible entry into a building (however slight) without permission used to be required, but many state laws now only require one to enter (for example, through an unlocked door or open window) or remain on the premises (for example, hiding in a closet until no one else is left in the building) without authorization.