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SEXUAL ABUSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sexual abuse mean? 

SEXUAL ABUSE (noun)
  The noun SEXUAL ABUSE has 1 sense:

1. a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat

  Familiarity information: SEXUAL ABUSE used as a noun is very rare.


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SEXUAL ABUSE (noun)


Sense 1sexual abuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

sex crime; sex offense; sexual abuse; sexual assault

Context example:

most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault

Hypernyms ("sexual abuse" is a kind of...):

regulatory offence; regulatory offense; statutory offence; statutory offense (crimes created by statutes and not by common law)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sexual abuse"):

molestation (the act of subjecting someone to unwanted or improper sexual advances or activity (especially women or children))

assault; rape; ravishment; violation (the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will)


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