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 fact; an act; a deed.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lat In old English law. A deed; a person's act and deed; anything stated or made certuin ; a sealed instrument; a deed of conveyance. A fact; a circumstance; particularly a fact in evidence. Bract, fol. lb. In testamentary law. The execution or due execution of a will. The factum of an instrument means not barely the signing of it, and the formal publication or delivery, but proof that the party well knew and understood the contents thereof, and did give, will, dispose, and do, in all things, as in the Baid wlll is contained. Weatherhcad v. Bask-ervllle, 11 How. 354, 13 L. Ed. 717. In the civil law. Fact; a fact; a matter of fact, as distinguished from a matter of law. Dig. 41, 2, 1, 3. In French law. A memoir which contains concisely set down the fact on which a contest has happened, the mcans on which a party founds his pretensions, with the refutation of the means of the adverse party. Vicat' In old European law. A portion or allotment of land. Spelman.
    —Factum juridicum. A juridical fact. Denotes one of the factors or elements constituting an obligation.
    —Factum probandum. Lat. In the law of evidence. The fact to be proved; a fact which is in issue, and to which evidence is to be directed. 1 Greenl. Ev. § 13.
    —Factum probans. A probative or evidentiary fact; a subsidiary or connected fact tending to prove the principal fact in issue; a piece of circumstantial evidence.