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threat, in law, declaration of intent to injure another by doing an unlawful act, with a view to restraining his freedom of action. A threat is distinguishable from an assault, for an assault requires some physical act that appears likely to eventuate in violence, whereas a threat may consist of words only or an act that is not violent, e.g., unlawful prosecution. Threats made to obtain money or property wrongfully are crimes (see blackmail and extortion), and under some statutes, the mere sending of nonextortionate letters that announce an intent to injure the person or property of another is criminal. Any contract concluded while one party is deprived of his freedom of will by a threat (see duress) is invalid and may be set aside.

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threat / [unvoicedth]ret/ • n. 1. a statement of an intention to inflict pain, injury, damage, or other hostile action on someone in retribution for something done or not done: members of her family have received death threats. ∎  Law a menace of bodily harm, such as may restrain a person's freedom of action. 2. a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger: hurricane damage poses a major threat to many coastal communities. ∎  [in sing.] the possibility of trouble, danger, or ruin: the company faces the threat of bankruptcy | thousands of railroad jobs came under threat.

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threat †throng, troop; †oppression, affliction OE.; denunciation of evil to come (?OE.) XI. OE. þrēat m., cogn. with ON. þraut fem. struggle, labour, f. Gmc. *þraut- *þreut- *þrut-, base of OE. þrēatian (see below), þrēotan trouble, Du. verdrieten, weary, OHG. irdrioʒan vex (G. verdriessen) Goth. usþriutan trouble.
So vb. (arch. or dial.) OE. þrēatian, superseded by threaten (-EN5) †press, urge OE.; utter threats against XIII; be ominous (of) XVII. OE. þrēatnian.

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threat Any action intended to breach the security of information stored in a system by (a) gaining unauthorized access to that information usually without alerting the authorized user, (b) denial of service to the authorized user, (c) spoofing, which aims to confuse by introducing false information, usually as to the identity of the user. Some threats are with premeditated malicious intent but others are opportunistic, e.g. browsing, or occur during a crash. See also vulnerability.

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threat A form of communication by which an animal may keep rivals or potentially dangerous animals of other species at bay without fighting.

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threat A form of communication by which an animal may keep rivals or potentially dangerous animals of other species at bay without fighting.

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Threat

a crowd; a multitude of people; a group of men in an attacking mood. See also throng.

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