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actus reus

Syllabification: ac·tus re·us
Pronunciation: /ˌaktəs ˈrēəs, ˈrāəs
 
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Definition of actus reus in English:

noun

Law
Action or conduct that is a constituent element of a crime, as opposed to the mental state of the accused. Compare with mens rea.
Example sentences
  • Now decide whether the elements of the actus reus are conduct, prohibited consequences, or circumstances.
  • The remaining portion would merely have held the intent to do so and lacked the required actus reus.
  • Generally, before conviction for a crime can take place, it must be shown that the accused committed the actus reus by either intending to do so or behaving carelessly in doing so.

Origin

early 20th century: Latin, literally 'guilty act'.

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