Latin Legal Terms


Animus – This Latin word has two different meanings: bravery, courage; also - character, intellect, memory, consciousness, often mind, It is used several legal terms and phrases:
- “animus nocendi” – that literally means “mind of injuring”. It is used in the area of Criminal Law, where details the subjective state of mind of the convicted person, in the view of the illegal character of their activity, and knowledge of the outcome;
- “animus contrahendi” – in the sphere of Law of Contracts this term refers to intention to conclude a contract.
- “animus dominii” – In terms of Real Estate Law, this term means “an intention to possess” (a property). I.e. to exercise a physical control, usage and maintenance of the said property for your own enjoynment.

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