from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A criminal act involving both a threat of violence and actual physical contact with the victim.
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- noun law, idiomatic The combination of two
violent crimes: assault(the threatof violence) and battery(physical violence). This legaldistinction exists only in jurisdictionsthat distinguish assault as threatened violence rather than actual violence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact
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