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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).

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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.
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famous horse in history of thoroughbred racing. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1273]
See: Horse
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Law an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence
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Today, I've had three inspirational quotes assualt my eyeballs before I've had my breakfast.
He said Cairo knows that Egyptian forces will be the backbone of the coalition ground troops, and this means a large number of casualties for Egypt if a ground assualt is launched into Yemen.
Wallowing in self pity Dean decides to take his anger out on Linda in a shocking assualt.
Facing imminent extradition to Sweden for alleged sexual assualt and fearing that this, in turn, would lead to extradition to the United States for espionage, Assange sought asylum in Ecuador's UK embassy, where he has remained for over a year.
The Shebab vowed revenge, carrying out a string of attacks on Kenyan soil, including last September's assualt on Nairobi's Westgate mall in which at least 67 people were killed.
(15) See also fundamental reform recommendations made by Caruso and Cross, above n 14, 394-7; Annie Cossins, 'Cross-Examination in Child Sexual Assualt Trials: Evidentiary Safeguard or an Opportunity to Confuse?' (2009) 33 Melbourne University Law Review 68, 101-4; Annie Cossins, 'Alternative Models for Prosecuting Child Sex Offences in Australia (Report, National Child Sexual Assault Reform Committee, March 2010) 273-7 [4.119]--[4.136], 335 [6.87]--[6.89]; Annie Cossins, 'Cross-Examining the Child Complainant: Rights, Innovations and Unfounded Fears in the Australian Context' in John R Spencer and Michael E Lamb (eds), Children and Cross-Examination: Time to Change the Rules?
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The fundraisers then tackled Cadair Idris (2,820 ft), near Dolgellau, before launching an assualt on Pen y Fan (2,907ft) in the Brecon Beacons.
Hwang said when she heard of the assualt. "But why would you walk alone at 3:30 in the morning?"
Clearly dazed, vulnerable and bleeding heavily from the assualt he then came across a group of hooded youths.
The MOEE agreed to reduce the quantity of assualt rifles by 25 per cent and provide serial numbers, lot numbers, and production years for nearly all of the items.