assumpsit


assumpsit
as·sump·sit /ə-'səmp-sit/ n [Medieval Latin, he/she undertook]: an express or implied promise or contract or quasi contract the breach of which may be grounds for a suit; also: a common-law action that may be brought for such a breach compare covenant, debt
◇ The action of assumpsit developed in early English law and is still available in the U.S. in some jurisdictions.

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

assumpsit
n.
(Latin) He promised; a promise to do or pay something made by one person to another.

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


assumpsit
a voluntary promise made by words, an old form of action abolished by the Judicature Act 1925. Modern theoretical writings refer to one of its grounds, indebitatus assumpsit, an action for breach of an undertaking, either to do or pay something. The leading case is still discussed: Slade's Case (1602) 4 Co. Rep. 91.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


assumpsit
n. Latin He undertook.
1 An enforceable promise or undertaking that is not under seal.
2 An action for expectation damages caused by the breach of a promise or a contract not under seal.
@ common assumpsit
An action based the breach of an implied promise or contract to pay a debt. Also called general assumpsit.
@ express assumpsit
Such a promise that is made orally or in writing.
@ implied assumpsit
Such a promise that is presumed due to individual's conduct or the circumstances of the situation.
@ general assumpsit
An action based the breach of an implied promise or contract to pay a debt. Also called common assumpsit.
@ special assumpsit
An action for expectation damages based on the breach of an express promise or contract to pay a debt.
@ non assumpsit
A defendant's claim, in the form of a pleading, that he or she did not promise or undertake any obligation as alleged in a complaint.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


assumpsit
(Latin: He undertook or he promised.)
A promise by which someone assumes or undertakes an obligation to another person. The promise may be oral or in writing, but it is not under seal. It is express when the person making the promise puts it into distinct and specific language, but it may also be implied because the law sometimes imposes obligations based on the conduct of the parties or the circumstances of their dealings.

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


assumpsit
[Latin, He undertook or he promised.] A promise by which someone assumes or undertakes an obligation to another person. The promise may be oral or in writing, but it is not under seal. It is express when the person making the promise puts it into distinct and specific language, but it may also be implied because the law sometimes imposes obligations based on the conduct of the parties or the circumstances of their dealings.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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