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.
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.
Worcester, charged with assault and battery with dangerous weapon (wall); disorderly conduct; 2 counts assault and battery, held on $1000 cash bil or $10,000 surety, continued to May 1.
Last year, he pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - his foot - and indecent assault and battery, both felonies.
Worcester, charged with assault and battery on a family/household member and assault with a dangerous weapon (knife), continued to March 10 on $1,000 cash bail.
That anger finally erupted in Paddon's physical assault and battery of McFetters, in the office, followed by a verbal assault including threats of firing and a false imprisonment.