What’s this all about?
Welcome to the main page of FuzzyLaw. Below are the 37 terms which are examined here.
How were the explanations gathered?
All of the explanations below are from members of the public. They are not technical, legal definitions. Each contributor was asked to explain four terms in their own words. The four terms for each participant were generated at random. The contributors were asked to explain as well as possible, as if for a friend in difficulty. They were asked to explain without ?cheating? by using any form of help such as a dictionary or internet search.
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Click on any of the terms below to see explanations of that term from members of the public. Then, at the bottom of the page, enter any comments your have on what you’ve seen.
What happens next?
Each term’s page will be regularly updated as we collect more explanations. Pages will also develop as people leave comments on the terms and their explanations. Check back to see how things progress.
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Used to qualify offences
General legal system
Law in the wider social world
Selection of recent responses
- Actual bodily harm: “Assault to a person lesser than grevious”
- Battery: “Battery is the process in which one party is beaten or assaulted by another.”
- Grievous bodily harm: “To inflict or have been inflicted by someone seriously, such as being hit, punched kicked or violently attacked and being left seriously harmed.”
- Grievous bodily harm: “Bodily harm more so than battery, enough to leave bad marks and minor injuries that will last for a period of time”
- Battery: “It means when you hit/punch someone.”
- Assault: “When someone is attacked, term can be used in terms of physical or verbal assault.”
- Actual bodily harm: “hurting someone badly like breaking their leg”
- Battery: “Using force against someone in an illegal manner.”