assault and battery

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assault and battery

n.
A criminal act involving both a threat of violence and actual physical contact with the victim.

assault and battery

n
(Law) criminal law a threat of attack to another person followed by actual attack, which need amount only to touching with hostile intent

assault′ and bat′tery


n.
Law.
an assault with an actual touching or other violence upon another.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assault and battery - an assault in which the assailant makes physical contactassault and battery - an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact
assault - a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
resisting arrest - physical efforts to oppose a lawful arrest; the resistance is classified as assault and battery upon the person of the police officer attempting to make the arrest