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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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To summarize, New York concluded that manslaughter may not act as the underlying felony in Rector (49) and, in Huter, that an assaultive felony may not act as the underlying felony when that felony's sole purpose is to inflict harm or death upon the victim.
BMU inmates are generally highly assaultive, often self-injurious and extremely difficult to manage from both a correctional and mental health perspective.
Assaultive language proves more expeditious than persuasive language.
That sentence had been "prescribed by the Legislature under the sentencing guidelines, based on your history of assaultive behavior, demonstrating the fact that you were dangerous to others and needed to be separated from the community," the judge told Dawson.
What keep all of these pieces from dissolving into purely assaultive skronk are the good humor and wit that always characterize Frith's playing and composing; there is a cheerfulness to even his most abrasive work that makes it far more listenable than that of many of his other, more ill-tempered colleagues of the period.
Applications and exemplary programs are described for treating depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, psychosis, and suicidal and assaultive behaviors.
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The court noted that under the guidelines used to assess penalties for patient abuse within a Veteran's Administration hospital, one of the factors to be considered is the "nature and seriousness of the offense." The court determined that the record supported the hospital director's determination that this was a "very serious" offense in that the nurse's "assaultive behavior' created an atmosphere the patient perceived as hostile and caused undue stress to a patient who relied on the nurse for compassion and professional service.
The rationales for this procedure include protecting officers from assaultive behavior, reducing or eliminating prisoners' self-inflicted injuries, decreasing damage to police transport vehicles, and minimizing the potential for escape.
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.