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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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Scientifically, let [I.sub._meter] = { i_1,i_2,.....,i_1} be the set of records of the k meters that the assaulter has admittance to.
Byers, a certified paramedic and 18D medic, subsequently assisted with the rendering of medical aid to the first assaulter. Byers and others performed CPR during the flight to Bagram Airfield where his teammate was declared deceased.
Recommendations for future research include: testing victims' and assaulters' reports of sexual assaults to measure who is being assaulted and who is performing the assault; to research the occurrence of men being taken advantage of sexually by women after heavy episodic drinking; and finding a way to test the intent of the assaulter before heavy episodic drinking occurred.
The Federation of Kerala Associations (FOKA) in Saudi Arabia has reportedly written a letter to the governmental Human Rights Commission and the government-approved National Human Rights Commission asking the organizations to investigate the matter and to press charges against the assaulter.
Dean Reilly, now 16, was described as a "serial indecent assaulter" who prowled the streets of his home town.
Officers' preconceived ideas of the assaulter profile were of little value in securing their personal safety.
He pointed out that the assaulter screamed at him 'I will slay you', and tried to do just that.
Delta Air Lines has not yet issued a public statement over the recent lawsuit filed against the airline and the unnamed alleged assaulter.
The harassment law was first issued in Egypt in June 2014 during the tenure of the interim president Adly Mansour, it states that the minimum term of imprisonment for the assaulter is 6 months and/or paying a minimum fine of LE 3000 ($170) and maximum fine of LE 5000 ($283).
GUJRANWALA: A man assaulted his wife and forced her to drink acid during a domestic dispute in Kalar Abadi area of Gujranwala on Tuesday.According to reports, the assaulter identified as Azmat, wanted his wife to transfer property to his name and on hiswife's refusal tortured her.
'She is the only female assaulter in our group (government forces) before the Marines and the Rangers sent women into the battle zone,' said Mendoza, adding he admired Acacio's uncommon valor.
The assaulter who attempted to kill Bulgarian Movement for Rights and Freedoms party Ahmed Dogan was beaten into "bad shape", according to prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov.