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assault

[əsôlt′]
Etymology: L, assilirere, to leap upon
1 an unlawful act that places another person, without that person's consent, in fear of immediate bodily harm or battery.
2 the act of committing an assault.
3 to threaten a person with bodily harm or injury. See battery.

assault

The unlawful placing of an individual in apprehension of immediate bodily harm without his or her consent.

assault

Forensic medicine The unlawful placing of an individual in apprehension of immediate bodily harm without his/her consent. See Sexual assault, Nonsexual genital assault.

assault/interpersonal violence

A social act involving a serious abuse of power, consisting of the exertion of physical force and power over another individual with the intent of controlling, disempowering and/or injuring that individual. See Domestic violence.

assault,

n an intentional, unlawful offer of bodily injury to another by force or unlawfully directing force toward another person to create a reasonable fear of imminent danger, coupled with the apparent ability to do the harm threatened if not prevented. A completed assault is a battery. In a medical setting, the unconsented touching of the body would be an assault and battery.

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Because the act reflects a public policy to protect even an embryo from unlawful assaultive or negligent conduct, we conclude that the defense-of-others concept does extend to the protection of a nonviable fetus from an assault against the mother.
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Judge Judith Dein ordered him to be held in custody, saying Reid's "violent and assaultive behaviour toward the flight attendants" showed he would pose a danger to the public if released.
Reid was remanded in custody during the preliminary court appearance after US magistrate Judge Judith Dein said his ``violent and assaultive behaviour'' towards the cabin crew showed he posed a danger to the public if released.