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Definition: Act in pais
([a^]kt), n. [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F.
acte. See Agent
1. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the
effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a
performance; a deed.
That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love. --Wordsworth.
[1913 Webster] Hence, in specific uses:
(a) The result of public deliberation; the decision or
determination of a legislative body, council, court of
justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve,
award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress.
(b) A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has
been done. --Abbott.
(c) A performance of part of a play; one of the principal
divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a
certain definite part of the action is completed.
(d) A thesis maintained in public, in some English
universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show
the proficiency of a student.
2. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a
possibility or possible existence. [Obs.]
The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in
possibility, what they afterward grow to be.
3. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on
the point of (doing). “In act to shoot.”
This woman was taken . . . in the very act. --John
Act of attainder
. (Law) See Attainder
Act of bankruptcy
(Law), an act of a debtor which renders
him liable to be adjudged a bankrupt.
Act of faith
. (Ch. Hist.) See Auto-da-F['e]
Act of God
(Law), an inevitable accident; such
extraordinary interruption of the usual course of events
as is not to be looked for in advance, and against which
ordinary prudence could not guard.
Act of grace
, an expression often used to designate an act
declaring pardon or amnesty to numerous offenders, as at
the beginning of a new reign.
Act of indemnity
, a statute passed for the protection of
those who have committed some illegal act subjecting them
to penalties. --Abbott.
Act in pais
, a thing done out of court (anciently, in the
country), and not a matter of record.
Syn: See Action