deadly weapon

deadly weapon
deadly weap·on n: an object whose purpose is to cause death or that when used as an instrument of offense is capable of causing death or sometimes serious bodily harm compare dangerous weapon
◇ An unloaded firearm has been generally held to be a deadly weapon. Although usu. distinct, the terms deadly weapon and dangerous weapon are sometimes used interchangeably.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

deadly weapon
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Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

deadly weapon
A weapon or instrument that is capable of killing someone, whether because of its inherent nature (such as a gun) or the way it is used (such as a hammer). See also weapon

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

deadly weapon
A gun or other instrument, substance, or device, which is used or intended to be used in a way that is likely to cause death. A prosecutor who charges a defendant with "assault with a deadly weapon" must prove not only that the defendant assaulted the victim, but did so with a device that was capable of causing death. Some laws list "deadly weapons per se," which are weapons that by themselves are likely to cause death, such as a gun, regardless of the user's intent.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

deadly weapon
   any weapon which can kill. This includes not only weapons which are intended to do harm like a gun or knife, but also blunt instruments like clubs, baseball bats, monkey wrenches, an automobile or any object which actually causes death. This becomes important when trying to prove criminal charges brought for assault with a deadly weapon. In a few 1990s cases courts have found rocks and even penises of AIDS sufferers as "deadly weapons."
   See also: assault, dangerous weapon

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Deadly weapon — A deadly weapon, sometimes dangerous weapon, is a statutory definition listing certain items which can inflict mortal or great bodily harm. In addition, deadly weapon statutes often contain catch all provisions which describe abilities used to… …   Wikipedia

  • deadly weapon — Any firearm, or other weapon, device, instrument, material or substance, whether animate or inanimate, which in the manner it is used or is intended to be used is known to be capable of producing death or serious bodily injury. Model Penal Code,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • deadly weapon — An instrument which is likely to or which will cause or produce death or great bodily harm when used in the manner contemplated by its design and construction. Barboursville ex rel. Bates v Taylor, 115 W Va 4, 174 SE 485, 92 ALR 1093; 26 Am J1st… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • deadly weapon — lethal weapon, tool that destroys …   English contemporary dictionary

  • deadly weapon per se — A weapon which of itself is deadly or one which would ordinarily result in death by its use; e.g. gun. Baylor v. State, 151 Tex.Cr.R. 365, 208 S.W.2d 558, 561 …   Black's law dictionary

  • assault with a dangerous or deadly weapon — An assault aggravated by the means used, a weapon inherently dangerous or capable of use in a deadly or dangerous manner. 6 Am J2d Asslt & B § 53 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • assault with dangerous or deadly weapon — An unlawful attempt or offer to do bodily harm without justification or excuse by use of any instrument calculated to do harm or cause death. An aggravated form of assault as distinguished from a simple assault; e.g. pointing loaded gun at one is …   Black's law dictionary

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