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
References in classic literature ?
At the police court, next morning, under bail, appeared Carter Watson to answer the complaint of the People Versus Carter Watson, for the latter's assault and battery on one Patsy Horan.
"Also you will have to prosecute this Patsy Horan," Watson advised; "for I shall now have him arrested for assault and battery."
An hour later, as Judge Witberg limped up the grounds to his hotel, he was arrested by a village constable on a charge of assault and battery preferred by Carter Watson.
This is a simple case of assault and battery. We are here to determine who struck the first blow, and we are not interested in your estimates of Mr.
"Why, Tom had him up before Judge Robinson for assault and battery."
It was the usual charge for an assault and battery on the person of Hiram Doolittle, and was couched in the ancient language of such instruments, especial care having been taken by the scribe not to omit the name of a single offensive weapon known to the law.
This was indeed a more serious charge than an ordinary assault and battery, and a corresponding degree of interest was manifested by the spectators in its result.
One worthy, he has reason to believe, has actually consulted authorities learned in the law, as to his having good grounds on which to rest an action for libel; another, has meditated a journey to London, for the express purpose of committing an assault and battery on his traducer; a third, perfectly remembers being waited on, last January twelve-month, by two gentlemen, one of whom held him in conversation while the other took his likeness; and, although Mr.
Albeiro Acosta, 49, of 100 Tainter St., Worcester, charged with assault and battery and intimidation of a witness/juror/police officer/court official, continued to Aug.
Frances Ortiz, 34, of 69 Harrison St., Worcester, charged with three counts of assault and battery on a child causing injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (frozen hot dogs), threatening to commit a crime (to murder), and intimidation of a witness, continued to Aug.
Joanne Duggan and charged with assault and battery by a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery and two warrants.
He had previously been under indictment on two counts of assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery and single counts of assault and battery on a child causing injury and reckless endangerment of a child.