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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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Shock and held that assaultive felonies merged into a homicide and could not underlie a felony murder charge.
Assaultive language proves more expeditious than persuasive language.
The purpose of the present study was to examine aggressive and assaultive interchanges between social workers and clients and to document the nature and extent of such interactions.
The word "r--skin" is an expression in the larger vernacular of assaultive speech that non-Native Americans have wielded and continue to exercise as a weapon against the citizens of American Indian nations to terrorize, wound, debase, humiliate, and degrade.
Team work requires time to plan, a sense of common goals, and as one worker put it, "a kind of shorthand form of communication" in which single words or short phrases elicit the back-up strategies needed to isolate or restrain assaultive individuals, assist the victim, remove other clients and staff from the vicinity, de-escalate the crisis, and call for medical or supervisory assistance.
The appeals court affirmed, finding that summary judgment was precluded by a fact issue as to whether prison officials knew that the inmate was infected with AIDS, that the inmate was threatening to infect other inmates and was engaging in assaultive behavior towards the inmates, and that they failed to respond reasonably to that risk.
If, as it's been said, that men are the new women, this company's gender-bending style screams twenty-first century: Lock, whose foray into full-throttle assaultive pointe work began with his Salt (1998), goes a step further with an incredible Billy Smith, clad in all Armani suit and pink satin toe shoes.
Power and control are widely recognized as more central components of sexual assaultive behavior.
This book is a comparative analysis of male sex offenders, assaultive offenders, and nonviolent boys, and has implications for understanding and preventing such national tragedies as the recent school shootings in the United States.
Zero tolerance for gang related activity, or any assaultive or threatening behaviour toward correctional staff.
Although the deft handling of such cross-narratives is compelling and the handling of cinema metaphors striking, the achievement here is Desautels's prose, an aural event both jagged and elegant, assaultive and inviting, that moves with the clipped, dangerous, urgent kinesis of hard bop jazz.