act 1 n
1 a: something done by a person in accordance with his or her free will
a tortious act see also actus reus
b: the failure to do something that one has a legal duty to do – called also negative act;
2 a often cap: the formal product of a legislative body: the formally declared will of a legislature the final requirement of which is usu. the signature of the proper executive officer: statute
an act of Congress
b: a decision or determination of a sovereign, a legislative council, or a court of justice compare bill 1
3 often cap: a formal record of something done or transacted
given as my free act and deed
matters of procedure are provided for in that ActFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 81(a)(6)
act 2 vi
1: to carry into effect a determination of the will: take action
2: to discharge the duties of a specified office or post: perform a specified function
— used with a prepositional phrase
declaring what officer shall then act as PresidentU.S. Constitution art. II
3: to give a decision or award (as by vote of a deliberative body or by judicial decree)
— often used with on
adjourned with several important matters still not act ed on
ac·tor /'ak-tər/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (enactment) noun acre, administration, bill, code, deed, dictate, edict, law, legislation, legislative decree, lex, mandate, ordinance, precept, prescript, reglement, regulation, resolution, rule, ruling, statute, written law associated concepts: Congressional act, legislative act foreign phrases:
- Actus legis nemini est damnosus. — The act of the law shall prejudice no one.
II (undertaking) noun accomplishment, achievement, action, commission, course, dealing, deed, doing, effectuation, enterprise, execution, feat, implementation, maneuver, manipulation, measure, method, move, operation, performance, perpetration, step, stratagem, task, transaction associated concepts: act in official capacity, act of bankruptcy, act of commission, act of cruelty, act of embezzlement, act of flight, act of God, act of infringement, act of insolvency, act of larceny, act of law, act of misfeasance, act of necessity, act of omission, act of ownership, act of providence, act of reckless disregard, act of violence, act of war, actus reas, judicial act, mala prohibita act, overt act foreign phrases:
- Actus me invito factus, non est meus actus. — An act done by me, against my will, is not my act
- Actus not facit reum, nisi mens sit rea. — An act does not render a person guilty, unless the mind is guilty
- Idem est facere, et non prohibere cum possis. — It is the same thing to commit an act as not to prohibit it, when it is in your power.
- Facta sunt potentiora verbis. — Acts or deeds are more powerful than words.
III index amendment (legislation), canon, codification, commit (perpetrate), comport (behave), constitution, course, demean (deport oneself), deport (conduct oneself), dictate, enactment, execute (accomplish), exercise (discharge a function), fake, false pretense, function, law, measure, mock (imitate), officiate, operate, operation, palter, performance (execution), portray, prescription (directive), pretend, procedure, proceed (go forward), regulation (rule), represent (substitute), role, rubric (authoritative rule), rule (legal dictate), scene, simulate, statute, step, transaction

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

When a company paid a dividend it also paid a percentage of the amount of the distribution to the Inland Revenue as ACT. The company could then set off the amount of ACT against its liability to mainstream corporation tax. ACT was abolished on 31st March 1999.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

To do something, usually voluntarily.
(1) An action or deed.
(2) A law or written ordinance passed by Congress or another legislative body; when done by Congress, this is called an act of Congress.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A statutory plan passed by Congress or any state legislature which is a "bill" until enacted and becomes law.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A tax which was abolished with effect from 6 April 1999. When a company (other than an international headquarters company in respect of a foreign income dividend) made a qualifying distribution prior to this date, it paid ACT to HM Revenue & Customs. The rate of ACT was fixed by reference to the lower rate of income tax. ACT was effectively a pre-payment of the company's corporation tax liability. A company with surplus ACT built up prior to 6 April 1999 may use the shadow ACT rules to recover the ACT paid in certain circumstances.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

1 n. A statute.
2 n. Something done or performed.
3 v. The process of doing or performing.
@ unnatural act
One of the three sexual acts (oral sex and anal sex, whether with a person of the opposite or same sex, and sex with animals) that were considered crimes under the common law and that, in some cases, are currently a statutory crime. Also called crime against nature.
See also bestiality, sodomy.
@ act of Congress
n. A statute formally enacted by Congress in accordance with the powers granted to it by the United States Constitution.
@ act of God
n. An overwhelming natural event, often unpredictable or difficult to anticipate, that is uncontrolled and uninfluenced by the power of man and that could not be prevented or avoided by foresight or prudence.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Something done; usually, something done intentionally or voluntarily or with a purpose.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

American College Test

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) n. in general, any action by a person.
   2) n. a statutory plan passed by Congress or any legislature which is a "bill" until enacted and becomes law.
   3) v. for a court to make a decision and rule on a motion or petition, as in "the court will act on your motion for a new trial."

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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