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

    A body.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    (Lat.) Body; the body; an aggregate or mass, (of men, laws or articles 0 physical substance, as distinguished from intellectual conception; the principal sum or capital, as distinguished from interest or income. A substantial or positive fact, as distin-gnished from what is equivocal and ambiguous. The corpus delicti (body of an offense) is the fact of its having been actually committed. Best, Pres. 269-279. A corporeal act of any kind, (as distinguished from animus or mere intention,) on the part of him who wishes to acquire a thing, whereby he obtains the physical ability to exercise his power over it whenever he pleases. The word occurs frequently in this sense in the civil law. Mackeld. Rom. Law, § 248.
    —Corpus comitatus. The body of a county. The whole county, as distingnished from a part of it, or any particular place in it U. S. v. Crush, 5 Mason, 290, Fed. Cas. No. 15,268.
    — Corpus corporatum. A corporation ; a corporate body, other than municipal.
    —Corpus cum causa. (The body with the cause.) An English writ which issued out of chancery, to remove both the body and the record, touching the cause of any man lying in execution upon a judgment for debt, into the king's bench, there to remnin until he satisfied the judgment. Cowell ; Blount.
    —Corpus delicti. The body of a crime. The body (material substance) upon which a crime has been committed, e. g., the corpse of a murdered man, the charred remains of a house burned down. In a derivative sense, the substance or foundation of a crime; the substantial fact that a crime has been committed. People v. Dick, 37 Cal. 281; White . State, 49 Ala. 347; Goldman v. Co.m., 100 Va-865, 42 S. E. 923; State v. Hand, 1 Marv. (Del.) 545, 41 Atl. 192; State v. Dickson, 78 Mo. 441.
    —Corpus pro corpore. In old records. Body for body. A phrase expressing the liability of manucaptors. 3 How. State Tr. 110.