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assumpsit

[uh-suhmp-sit] /əˈsʌmp sɪt/
noun, Law.
1.
a legal action for a breach of contract or promise not under seal.
2.
an actionable promise.
Origin of assumpsit
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin: he has taken upon himself, he has undertaken
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Historical Examples
  • In this, as in the earlier case, the issue was taken on the assumpsit.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • A surety could be sued in assumpsit, although he had ceased to be liable in debt.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • If you choose to make an assumpsit, I'm sure I shall not object to the security.

    The Absentee Maria Edgeworth
  • assumpsit covered the whole province of debt, and much more.

  • It has been shown above that if a man was a common farrier he could be charged for negligence without an assumpsit.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • The chief reason why debt was supplanted for centuries by a later remedy, assumpsit, was the survival of this relic of early days.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • One of the earliest references to what a promisor was to have for his undertaking was in the action of assumpsit.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • It will be well to examine some of the earliest cases in which an undertaking (assumpsit) was alleged.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Afterwards the master promised to indemnify the bail, and on his failure to do so was sued by him in assumpsit.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • The distinctions between debt, covenant, and assumpsit are merely historical.

    The Path of the Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for assumpsit

assumpsit

/əˈsʌmpsɪt/
noun
1.
(law) (before 1875) an action to recover damages for breach of an express or implied contract or agreement that was not under seal
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, literally: he has undertaken, from assūmere to assume
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