HARM

HARM

harm, n. Injury, loss, damage; material or tangible detriment.

accidental harm. Harm not caused by any tortious act.

bodily harm. Physical pain, illness, or impairment of the body.

grievous bodily harm. See serious bodily injury under INJURY.

physical harm. Any physical impairment of land, chattels, or the human body.

serious bodily harm. See serious bodily injury under INJURY.

social harm. An adverse effect on any social interest that is protected by the criminal law.

¡°If the phrase ¡®social harm¡¯ is used to include every invasion of any social interest which has been placed under the protection of a criminal sanction (whether by common law or by statute), every crime may be said to involve, in addition to other requirements, (1) the happening of social harm and (2) the fact that the act of some person was the cause of this harm.¡± Rollin M. Perkins & Ronald N. Boyce, Criminal Law 830 (3d ed. 1982).


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