Definition of grievous bodily harm in English:

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grievous bodily harm

Pronunciation: /ˈɡrēvəs ˈbädəlē härm/
(abbreviation GBH)


Serious physical injury inflicted on a person by the deliberate action of another.
Example sentences
  • The female was charged with three offences of grievous bodily harm to which she had pleaded guilty to one.
  • The case comes days after a group of MPs called for road deaths and injuries to be treated as manslaughter or grievous bodily harm.
  • In 1999 he was jailed for three years and nine months for offences of robbery and grievous bodily harm.

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Syllabification: griev·ous bod·i·ly harm

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