Battery Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Battery.

Battery (noun)

In legal terms, the act of intentionally causing physical harm or offensive contact to another person. It is considered a crime. Importantly, the person doing the 'battery' must have the intention to cause harm. Even if the harmed person doesn't suffer any actual injury or loss, the act may still be considered battery if there was an intent to cause harm. In such a case, the harmed person may potentially sue for damages.