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Actus reus

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Definition of the noun actus reus

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  1. activity that transgresses moral or civil law

Alternative definition of the noun actus reus


  1. [legal] a physical act that attracts criminal sanctions.


Actus reus, sometimes called the external element or the objective element of a crime, is the Latin term for the "guilty act" which, when proved beyond a reasonable doubt in combination with the mens rea, "guilty mind", produces criminal liability in the common law-based criminal law jurisdictions of Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, England and Wales, Colombia, Ghana, Ireland and the United States of America. In the United States of America, some crimes also require proof of an attendant circumstance.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (2002)

by David Levinson

fl CRIMINAL DEFENSES In the Anglo American system of criminal justice, most crimes have at least two minimum elements: actus reus, the criminal act or omission, and mens rea, the required mental ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of American Law (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

actus reus 7 law, the latter crime was called “misprision of felony” but was generally limited to those who failed to disclose or actively concealed the commission of a felony. An accessory is similar to an accomplice, in that both assist the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics (2014)

by Bruce A. Arrigo

Actus reus is the physical, observable aspect of a crime, and comprises a bodily action, threat of action, or in some cases an omission or refusal to act. To be held legally responsible for some crimes requires both an actus reus, Latin for “guilty ...

Google previewLaw Dictionary: Sixth Edition

ACTUS REUS (äkt′ -ŭs rā′ -ŭs)—Lat .: loosely ...

Google previewNolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary (2009)

by Gerald Hill Attorney

actus reus ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States, 2d ed. (2008)

by Louis J. Palmer, Jr.

Actus Reus The phrase is used to refer to the element of an offense that ...

Google previewTalal Abu-Ghazaleh Dictionary of Legal Terms = معجم طلال أبو غزالة القانوني (2012)

by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization

reus absolvitur Actori incumbit onus probandi Legal actor actrix Actual Actual loss Actual value Actus Actus non رfacit return, nisi mens sif reg Actus reus Called to the bar Ad diem Ad excambium Ad questionem facti non respondent judices, ...

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of Crime and Justice (2015)

by Mark S. Davis

Actus reus is an act, which when combined with intent, constitutes a crime. See mens rea. Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act a federal law enacted in 2006 which defines three tiers of sex offenders and requires them to comply with ...

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Video shows what actus reus means. A criminal act, considered as separate from the intentions or state of mind of the perpetrator.. Actus reus Meaning. How to ...

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