Definition of Assault and battery

1. Noun. An assault in which the assailant makes physical contact.

Exact synonyms: Battery
Generic synonyms: Assault
Specialized synonyms: Resisting Arrest

Definition of Assault and battery

1. Noun. (legal idiomatic) The combination of two violent crimes: assault (the threat of violence) and battery (physical violence). This legal distinction exists only in jurisdictions that distinguish assault as ''threatened'' violence rather than ''actual'' violence. ¹

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Literary usage of Assault and battery

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1. Precedents of Indictments and Pleas: Adapted to the Use Both of the Courts by Francis Wharton (1871)
"(216) Information in Connecticut for assault and battery and breach of peace, ... (218) assault and battery in New Jersey, with commencement ..."

2. A Treatise on the Law of Crimes by William Lawrence Clark, William Lawrence Marshall, Herschel Bouton Lazell (1905)
"Assault and Assault and Battery. An assault or an assault and battery is committed, of course, in the state or county in which the battery i's inflicted or ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Criminal Evidence: Including the Rules Regulating by Harry Clay Underhill (1898)
"assault and battery—Definition.—An assault has been defined as "any attempt or offer, with force or violence, to do a corporal hurt to another, ..."

4. A General Abridgment and Digest of American Law: With Occasional Notes and by Nathan Dane (1824)
"In this action of assault and battery, the deft, ... Plea, not as to the wounding, and as to the assault and battery, at he was possessed of a house, &c.; ..."

5. An Abridgement of the Law of Nisi Prius by William Selwyn, Edward E. Law, Henry Wheaton, Thomas Isaac Wharton (1857)
"I. Of the Nature of an Assault and Battery, and in what Cases an Action for an Assault and Battery may be maintained. AN assault is an attempt, ..."

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