actus reus
ac·tus re·us /'ak-təs-'rē-əs, 'äk-tu̇s-'rā-u̇s/ n [New Latin, guilty deed]: the wrongful act that makes up the physical action of a crime see also crime compare mens rea

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

actus reus
n.
(Latin) The guilty act; a criminal action.
See also mens rea

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


actus reus
See crime.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


actus reus
Latin for a "guilty act." The actus reus is the act which, in combination with a certain mental state, such as intent or recklessness, constitutes a crime. For example, the crime of theft requires physically taking something (the actus reus) coupled with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the object (the mental state, or mens rea).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


actus reus
n. The voluntary and wrongful act or omission that constitutes the physical components of a crime. Because a person cannot be punished for bad thoughts alone, there can be no criminal liability without actus reus.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


actus reus
(Latin: Guilty act.)
As an element of criminal responsibility, the wrongful act or omission that comprises the physical components of a crime. Criminal statutes generally require proof of both actus reus and mens rea on the part of a defendant in order to establish criminal liability.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


actus reus
[Latin, Guilty act.] As an element of criminal responsibility, the wrongful act or omission that comprises the physical components of a crime. Criminal statutes generally require proof of both actus reus and mens rea on the part of a defendant in order to establish criminal liability.

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