Definition of actual bodily harm in English:

actual bodily harm

Line breaks: ac¦tual bod¦ily harm
(abbreviation: ABH)

noun

[mass noun] Law
  • Minor injury, such as bruising, inflicted on a person by the deliberate action of another, considered less serious than grievous bodily harm.
    More example sentences
    • 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 was sentenced for breaching his order and inflicting actual bodily harm on his barrister.

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