Harass Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Harass.

Harass (verb)

  1. To continually bother, annoy, or threaten someone in a way that disrupts their peace and prevents them from leading a normal life. It often involves unfair activities, usually when the affected person is unable to respond and the person causing the behavior is baseless in their actions.
  2. The action or behavior is typically repetitive or persistent and can cause emotional harm or distress to the targeted individual.


The bully would often harass the smaller children at school, making their lives difficult and stressful.