actus reus

/ (ˈæktəs ˈreɪəs) /

noun

law a criminal action regarded as a constituent element of a crime, as compared with the state of mind of the perpetratorCompare mens rea

Nearby words

  1. actuals,
  2. actuarial,
  3. actuary,
  4. actuate,
  5. actuator,
  6. acuate,
  7. acuff,
  8. acuity,
  9. aculeate,
  10. aculeus

Word Origin for actus reus

Latin, literally: guilty act

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