Element Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is Element?

n. 1) an essential requirement to a cause of action (the right to bring a lawsuit to enforce a particular right). Each cause of action (negligence, breach of contract, trespass, assault, etc.) is made up of a basic set of elements which must be alleged and proved. Each charge of a criminal offense requires allegation and proof of its elements. 2) essential requirement of a zoning general plan.