Actus reus

Filed Under: Criminal Law

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).


The prohibited act in a criminal or regulatory offence. Proof of the actus reus may also include the requirement that the prohibited act be voluntarily and consciously committed by the accused.


The Latin expression for the criminal act requirement in criminal law. For example, one requirement of murder is causing the death of a human being.

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