Cruelty Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Cruelty.

Cruelty (noun)

  1. The deliberate act of causing physical or psychological pain to a person or animal. This could involve actions such as physical abuse, verbal abuse, mistreatment, or the threat of violence.

  2. In the context of law, especially relating to divorce, "cruelty" is a serious ground for separation. It refers to any acts of violence, harsh behavior or neglect that results in substantial harm to the spouse.

  3. "Cruelty" also refers to harmful acts against children, also known as child abuse. This comprises of employing underage children, extreme physical punishment, or sexual abuse.

  4. The term extends to harm against animals as well. "Cruelty to animals" is any action causing harm, pain, suffering, or death to animals.