actus reus

noun
ac·​tus re·​us | \ ˈak-təs-ˈrē-əs, ˈäk-tu̇s-ˈrā-u̇s\

Legal Definition of actus reus

: the wrongful act that makes up the physical action of a crime — see also crime — compare mens rea

History and Etymology for actus reus

New Latin, guilty deed

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about actus reus

Share actus reus

Dictionary Entries near actus reus

actual total loss

actuarial

actuary

actus reus

ACV

ADA

ADC

More from Merriam-Webster on actus reus

Nglish: Translation of actus reus for Spanish Speakers

Comments on actus reus

What made you want to look up actus reus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

excited commotion or publicity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!