harm meaning

EN[hɑɹm] [hɑːm] [-ɑː(ɹ)m]
  • Harm is a moral and legal concept.
  • Bernard Gert construes harms as any of the following:
  • pain
  • death
  • disability
  • loss of ability or freedom
  • loss of pleasure
  • Joel Feinberg gives an account of harms as setbacks to interests. He distinguishes welfare interests from ulterior interests. Hence on his view there are two kinds of harms.
  • Welfare interests are
  • interests in the continuance for a foreseeable interval of one's life, and the interests in one's own physical health and vigor, the integrity and normal functioning of one's body,

    Definition of harm in English Dictionary

  • NounPLharms
    1. Injury; hurt; damage; detriment; misfortune.
      1. And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.
    2. That which causes injury, damage, or loss.
    3. VerbSGharmsPRharmingPT, PPharmed
      1. To cause injury to another; to hurt; to cause damage to something.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • It was his claim that no Sudanese spearsman or waddling assegai-thrower could harm him so long as he was mounted and armed, and he boasted that no horse on earth could unseat him.
          • So now, I think, you know all about it, — and you see you may do what you can for me, freeheartedly — without fear of harm — and for Aracoeli sake.
          • Now they harm the people, and the malign influence behind this lies with low-hearted officials who put all their efforts into catching them.
        2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • The national symbol for this new attitude is Bernhard Goetz, who was acquitted of attempted murder by a jury after admitting he shot four underclassers because he thought they meant him harm.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Nouns
          • Countable nouns
            • Singularia tantum
              • Uncountable nouns
            • Verbs
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            Source: Wiktionary
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            Meaning of harm for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "harm" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb.
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