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in law, an attempt or threat, going beyond mere words, to use violence, with the intent and the apparent ability to do harm to another. If violent contact actually occurs, the offense of batterybattery,
in criminal and tort law, the unpermitted touching of any part of the person of another, or of anything worn, carried by, or intimately associated at that moment (as a chair being sat on) with another.
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 has been committed; modern criminal statutes often combine assault and battery. An assault may be both a crime and a torttort,
in law, the violation of some duty clearly set by law, not by a specific agreement between two parties, as in breach of contract. When such a duty is breached, the injured party has the right to institute suit for compensatory damages.
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, for which the party assaulted may sue for damages; the victim's freedom, as to move or remain at peace, must have been impinged on. Modern criminal statutes recognize certain degrees of assault (e.g., with intent to kill, to do great bodily harm, to rape) as aggravated assaults and felonies, though simple assault remains, as at common lawcommon law,
system of law that prevails in England and in countries colonized by England. The name is derived from the medieval theory that the law administered by the king's courts represented the common custom of the realm, as opposed to the custom of local jurisdiction that
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, a misdemeanor. Either malevolence or recklessness (as in driving a car in reckless disregard of human life) may constitute the intent necessary to assault in most jurisdictions.


See W. L. Prosser, Handbook of the Law of Torts (3d ed. 1964).


Final phase of an attack; closing with the enemy in hand-to-hand fighting.
The landing of troops for attack on the enemy's beach defenses.
The landing of parachute and glider elements on unsecured and unprepared drop zones and landing zones to attack and seize an airhead.
A short, violent, but well-ordered attack against a local objective, such as a gun emplacement, fort, or machine gun nest.


famous horse in history of thoroughbred racing. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1273]
See: Horse


Law an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence
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Speakers said on the occasion that government should instantly arrest the alleged assaulters as it (govt) knows them very well.
The law specified the relevant penalties and other provisions related to familial violence, its prevention, remedying, rehabilitation of victims and assaulters.
The criminal investigation department initiated investigations and arrested the main assaulter in record time, he added.
The assaulters then forced the Iranian man to open the table-side safe, which contained Dh15,000.
The 66-year-old man recognized as Francisco de Souza de Castro also had three of his fingers chopped off by angry assaulters in their brutal revenge attack in Severinia, Sao Paulo state in the week end.
5% of nearly 10,000 sex offenders released in 1994 were reconvicted for a new sex offense within three years of release from prison; the numbers for rapists, sexual assaulters, and child molesters were 3.
Leaving aside the question of why the assaulters did what they did--saying you are attempting an exorcism can well be rhetoric to hide or excuse anger at children or regret of having children--it is likely that the prosecutors are certain that the women's defense will claim that they were not criminally responsible, under the misimpression that exorcism has some reality in fact but that only crazy people believe it.
The Rangers and assaulters sustained more casualties during the movement to Super 61.
Earlier, media reports had said that the assaulters clicked a photograph of the victim, using a mobile phone and threatened her that they would tarnish her image by uploading the picture on Internet, if she would have revealed about the crime to anyone.
It's not that "boys will be boys," for a lot of abusive manhood conditioning software has to be installed in our little naturally loving, caring, feeling boys to make them killers and sexual assaulters.
Moreover, the Lebanese Army Command announced today that the Lebanese army units continued their military operations in Sidon to dismantle armed demonstrations, arrest assaulters of army centers, and re-impose security and stability in the city.
Khalifa later told the media that his assaulters told him they were armed, but an eyewitness told The Daily Star that the men were not carrying weapons.