One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Action or conduct which is a constituent element of a crime, as opposed to the mental state of the accused.Compare with mens rea
- ‘A person has committed the actus reus of a crime with the appropriate mens rea.’
- ‘Generally, before conviction for a crime can take place, it must be shown that the accused committed the actus reus by either intending to do so or behaving carelessly in doing so.’
- ‘The remaining portion would merely have held the intent to do so and lacked the required actus reus.’
- ‘Homicide, for example, is such a crime because you need to prove actus reus, mens rea, concurrence, causation, and harm.’
- ‘Now decide whether the elements of the actus reus are conduct, prohibited consequences, or circumstances.’
Latin, literally ‘guilty act’.
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