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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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The Chinese ministry also said it may take some time to identify the assaulters, adding it is unclear whether they were Chinese police officers or private security guards hired by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), the event organizer.
The law specified the relevant penalties and other provisions related to familial violence, its prevention, remedying, rehabilitation of victims and assaulters.
"The assaulters damaged the vehicle and forced the celebrating fans out of the car, forcibly removing their team jerseys which they stole and took off.
The assaulters then forced the Iranian man to open the table-side safe, which contained Dh15,000.
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.
and visions of atrocious assaulters emerged in her terrified psyche
This group of assaulters is composed of criminals, persons from the Salafist Movement and supporters of Ennahdha party who seek to discredit the Union."
Two unidentified assaulters attacked Alexander Nikolov while he was on his way home and brutally beat him on the head, tearing off part of his right ear.
President Hadi expressed deepest regret for the incident, saying that assaulters were demagogic groups do not aware of the far-goals schemes of Zionist forces, especially those ones, who have authored and published the insulting movie.
According to police, unknown assaulters killed 60-year-old ex-public servant Muhammad Arshad and his 4-year-old granddaughter Khadija were killed with stabs of a sharp weapon.
She rushed one of the US assaulters and was shot in the leg but not killed." He admitted he did not know if another woman shot dead on a separate floor of the compound in the 40-minute operation had been used as a shield.
The daily said that a group of men attacked the ISF and one of the assaulters told them that he belongs to an "organization" in the area, something which forced the security, again, to step away without achieving anything.