Act Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Act, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Act?

n. in legal context, the word could signify the result of a public deliberation, a decision of a legislative body, of a council, of a court of justice, or of a magistrate. Act also is an instrument in writing to verify facts, say for example an act of parliament. In the context of civil laws or contracts an act is a writing which states that a thing has been said, done, or agreed. Private acts are those made by private persons and not by a public authority, and pertains to private affairs in relation to their receipts and expenditures, schedules, acquittances, and the like.