- The definition of an assault is an act that causes verbal or physical injury.
Rape is an example of assault.
- To assault is defined as to cause harm to someone, to threaten harm, or to try and cause harm.
Holding a gun on someone is an example of assault.
assault definition by Webster's New World
- a violent attack, either physical or verbal
- Law an unlawful threat or unsuccessful attempt to do physical harm to another, causing a present fear of immediate harm
- a sudden attack upon a fortified place
- the close-combat phase of an attack
Origin: Middle English assaut ; from Old French assaut, assalt ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form assaltus ; from assalire: see assail
- assaultive adjective
assault definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A violent physical or verbal attack.
- a. A military attack, such as one launched against a fortified area or place.b. The concluding stage of an attack in which close combat occurs with the enemy.
- Law a. An unlawful threat or attempt to do bodily injury to another.b. The act or an instance of unlawfully threatening or attempting to injure another.
- a. Law Sexual assault.b. The crime of rape.
- To make an assault upon; attack. See Synonyms at attack.
- To rape.
Origin: Middle English assaut, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *assaltus, variant of Latin assultus, from past participle of assilīre, to jump on; see assail.
- as·saultˈer noun
assault - Legal Definition
- In criminal and tort law, an act, usually consisting of a threat or attempt to inflict bodily injury upon another person, coupled with the apparent present ability to succeed in carrying out the threat or the attempt if not prevented, that causes the person to have a reasonable fear or apprehension of immediate harmful or offensive contact. No intent to cause battery or the fear or apprehension is required so long as the victim is placed in reasonable apprehension or fear. No actual physical injury is needed to establish an assault, but if there is any physical contact, the act constitutes both an assault and a battery.
- In criminal law, in some states, the term includes battery and attempted battery.
- Any attack .
- The act of inflicting bodily injury upon another. See also mayhem.
- Any sexual contact with another person without the other’s consent or when the other lacks the capacity to give legally effective consent.