battery
bat·tery /'ba-tə-rē, -trē/ n [Old French batterie beating, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere]: the crime or tort of intentionally or recklessly causing offensive physical contact or bodily harm (as by striking or by administering a poison or drug) that is not consented to by the victim compare assault
aggravated battery: criminal battery that is accompanied by aggravating factors: as
a: criminal battery that causes or is intended to cause serious bodily injury esp. through the use of a dangerous weapon
b: criminal battery committed on a protected person (as a minor or a police officer) compare simple battery in this entry
◇ Aggravated battery is usu. classified as a felony.
sex·u·al battery: intentional and offensive sexual contact and esp. sexual intercourse with a person who has not given or (as in the case of a child) is incapable of giving consent; broadly: forced or coerced contact with the sexual parts of either the victim or the perpetrator see also rape
◇ This is a broad definition of the offense. The specific elements of this crime vary from state to state, and some states use more narrow definitions.
simple battery: criminal battery that is not accompanied by aggravating factors (as a dangerous weapon) compare aggravated battery in this entry
◇ Simple battery is usu. classified as a misdemeanor.

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

battery
noun assault, attack, beating, harmful physical contact, injurious force, offensive action, onslaught, thrashing, unlawful hitting, unlawful striking, unlawful touching associated concepts: assault and battery, simple battery

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


battery
n.
A wrongful and intentional physical touching that causes offense and possibly, though not necessarily, injury. See also assault

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


battery
See assault.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


battery
A crime consisting of physical contact that is intended to harm someone. Unintentional harmful contact is not battery, no mater how careless the behavior or how severe the injury. A fist fight is a common battery; being hit by a wild pitch in a baseball game is not.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


battery
n. The harmful or offensive touching of any part of another person's body or of something, such as clothing or carried umbrella, that is so closely attached to the person that it is customarily regarded as part of the person. The touching may be in anger or a result of some other intentional wrong. Any amount of touching is considered a battery, even if harmless, if it is offensive to the person who is touched.
See also assault, mayhem.
@ aggravated battery
@ sexual battery
The forced penetration of or contact with another person's or the perpetrator's sexual organs.
See also rape.
@ simple battery
A battery with no accompanying aggravated circumstances and not resulting in serious bodily injury.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


battery
At common law, an intentional unpermitted act causing harmful or offensive contact with the "person" of another.

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


battery
I
At common law, an intentional unpermitted act causing harmful or offensive contact with the "person" of another.
II A beating, or wrongful physical violence. The actual threat to use force is an "assault;" the use of it is a battery, which usually includes an assault.

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

battery
n.
   the actual intentional striking of someone, with intent to harm, or in a "rude and insolent manner" even if the injury is slight. Negligent or careless unintentional contact is not battery no matter how great the harm. Battery is a crime and also the basis for a lawsuit as a civil wrong if there is damage. It is often coupled with "assault" (which does not require actual touching) in "assault and battery."
   See also: assault, assault and battery

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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