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Actus reus

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Definition of the noun actus reus

What does actus reus mean as a name of something?

noun

  1. activity that transgresses moral or civil law

Alternative definition of the noun actus reus

noun

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

Explanation

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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Actus reus

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Google previewCriminal Law in Botswana (2011)

by Daniel David Ntanda Nsereko

the actus reus and (2) the mens rea of the offence. The actus reus is the conduct that is forbidden or the external or material ...

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 previewWorld Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1999)

A Resource for Readers and Writers by Gabriel Adeleye, Kofi Acquah-Dadzie

actus reus n. [L. actus act, deed (1); reus guilty, answerable for (2): a deed or an act answerable for or guilty.] A wrongful deed. Actus reus must be ...

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