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actus reus

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

Legal Definition of actus reus

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

Origin and Etymology of actus reus

New Latin, guilty deed

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