molliter manus imposuit (mol-<<schwa>>-t<<schwa>>r man-<<schwa>>s im-poz-[y]<< schwa>>-wit). [Latin] Hist. He gently laid hands upon. • This phrase was used in actions of trespass and assault to justify a defendant’s use of force as reasonable, as when it was necessary to keep the peace.
[Blacks Law 8th]