Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Mind; intent.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lat. Mind; intention; disposition; design; will. Animo, (q. v.;) with the intention or design. These terms are derived from the civll law.
    —Animns cancellandi. The intention of destroying or canceling, (applied to wills.)
    —Ani-mus capiendi. The intention to take or capture. 4 C. Rob. Adm. 126, 155
    —Animus dedicandi. The intention of donating or dedicating.
    —Animus defamandi. The intention of defaming. The phrase expresses the malicious intent which is essential in every case of verbal injury to render it the subject of an action for libel or slander.
    —Animus derelinquendi. The intention of abandoning. 4 C. Rob. Adm. 216. Rhodes v. Whitehead, 27 Tex. 304, 84 Am. Dec. 631.
    —Animus differendi. The intention of obtaining delay.
    —Animns donandi. The intention of giving. Expressive of the intent to give which is necessary to constitute a gift.
    —Animus et factus. Intention and act; will and deed. Used to denote those acts which become effective only when accompanied by a particular intention.
    —Animus furandi. The intention to steal. Gardner v. State, 55 N. J. Law, 17, 26 Atl. 30; State v. Slingerland, 19 Nev. 135, 7 Pan. 280.
    —Animns lucrandi. The intention to make a gain or profit.
    —Animus manendi. The intention of remaining; intention to establish a permanent residence. 1 Kent, Comm. 76. This is the point to be settled in determining the domicile or residence of a party. Id. 77.
    —Animns morandi. The intention to remain, or to delay.
    —Animns possidendi. The intention of possessing
    —Animns quo.' The intent with which.
    —Animns recipiendi. The intention of receiving.
    — Animus recuperandi. The intention of recovering Locc. de Jure Mar. lib. 2, c. 4, § 10.
    —Animns repnblicandi. The intention to republish.
    —Animns restituendi. The intention of restoring. Fleta, lib. 3, c. 2, § 3.
    — Animns revertendi. The intention of returning. A man retains his domicile if he leaves it animo revertendi. In re Miller's Estate, 3 Rawle (Pail 312, 24 Am. Dec. 34o; 4 Bl. Comm. 225; 2 Russ. Crimes, 18; Poph. 42, 52; 4 Coke, 40. Also, a term employed in the civil law, in expressing the rule of ownership in tamed animals
    —Animns revocandi. The intention to revoke.
    —Animns testandi. An intention to make a testament or will. Farr v. Thompson, 1 Speers (S. C.) 105. Animus ad, se omne jus ducit. It is to the intention that all law applies. Law always regards the intention. Animus hominis est anima scripti. The intention of the party is the soul of the instrument. 3 Bulst. 67; -Pitm. Prin. & Sur. 26. In order to give life or effect to an instrument, it is essential to look to the intention of the individual who executed it