assault and battery


assault and battery
The combination of two violent crimes: assault (the threat of violence) and battery (physical violence). This legal distinction exists only in jurisdictions that distinguish assault as threatened violence rather than actual violence.

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  • assault and battery — n: assault (2) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. assault and battery …   Law dictionary

  • Assault and battery — may refer to: * Assault and battery is the combination of two violent crimes: assault (the of violence) and battery (physical violence). This legal distinction exists only in jurisdictions that distinguish assault as threatened violence rather… …   Wikipedia

  • assault and battery — n. Law the carrying out of threatened physical harm or violence; an unlawful beating …   English World dictionary

  • assault and battery — Law. an assault with an actual touching or other violence upon another. [1580 90] * * * Related but distinct crimes. Battery is the unlawful application of physical force to another; assault is an attempt to commit battery or an act that may… …   Universalium

  • assault and battery — noun an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact • Syn: ↑battery • Hypernyms: ↑assault • Hyponyms: ↑resisting arrest * * * noun [noncount] law : the crime of threatening and physically hitting or attacking someone * * * asˌsault an …   Useful english dictionary

  • assault and battery — n. (legal) to commit assault and battery * * * (legal) to commit assault and battery …   Combinatory dictionary

  • assault and battery — N UNCOUNT Assault and battery is the crime of attacking someone and causing them physical harm. [LEGAL] …   English dictionary

  • assault and battery — assault′ and bat′tery n. law law an assault with an actual touching or other violence upon another • Etymology: 1580–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • assault and battery — as.sault and battery n [U] law the crime of threatening to attack someone physically and then attacking them …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • assault and battery — as,sault and battery noun uncount LEGAL the crime of threatening someone and then physically attacking them …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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