Definition of actual bodily harm in English:

actual bodily harm

(also ABH)

noun

Law
  • [mass noun] Minor injury, such as bruising, inflicted on a person by the deliberate action of another, considered less serious than grievous bodily harm.

    • ‘He was charged with attempted rape and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and convicted.’
    • ‘He arrested the claimant on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and when cautioned the claimant made no reply.’
    • ‘He also pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm for butting a police officer in custody after his arrest.’
    • ‘He was sentenced for breaching his order and inflicting actual bodily harm on his barrister.’
    • ‘He has previous convictions for theft, robbery and assault causing actual bodily harm.’
    violence, assault, mugging
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Pronunciation:

actual bodily harm

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