assault and battery
assault and battery n: assault (2)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

assault and battery
The combination of two crimes, of threat (assault) and actual beating (battery). Victims can also sue in a civil suit for the damages suffered as a result of the attack.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


assault and battery
=>> battery.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


assault and battery
Two separate offenses against the person that when used in one expression may be defined as any unlawful and unpermitted touching of another. Assault is an act that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent, harmful, or offensive contact. The act consists of a threat of harm accompanied by an apparent, present ability to carry out the threat. Battery (battery ) is a harmful or offensive touching of another.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


assault and battery
Two separate offenses against the person that when used in one expression may be defined as any unlawful and unpermitted touching of another. Assault is an act that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent, harmful, or offensive contact. The act consists of a threat of harm accompanied by an apparent, present ability to carry out the threat. battery is a harmful or offensive touching of another.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

assault and battery
n.
   the combination of the two crimes of threat (assault) and actual beating (battery). They are both also intentional civil wrongs for which the party attacked may file a suit for damages.
   See also: assault, battery

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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