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{h,1}act ( n )

1 a :something done by a person in accordance with his or her free will [a tortious ⁓] 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 ⁓ of Congress] [in furtherance of the purposes…of that ⁓ U.S. Code]

b :a decision or determination of a sovereign, a legislative council, or a court of justice compare bill

3 often cap :a formal record of something done or transacted [given as my free ⁓ and deed]

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