Lat. Intentionally, purposefully


The intent; the mind with which a thing is done, as animus. cancellandi, the intention of cancelling; animus farandi, the intention of stealing; animus maiaendi; the intention of remaining; auimus morandi, the intention or purpose of delaying. Whether the act of a man, when in appearance criminal, be so or not, depends upon the intention with which it was done. Vide Intention.


An intention to destroy or cancel. The least tearing of a will by a testator, animus cancellandi, renders it invalid.


crim. law. The intention to steal. In order to comstitute larceny, the thief must take the property anino furandi; but this, is expressed in the definition of larceny by the word felonious. When the taking of property is lawful, although it may afterwards be converted animo furandi to the taker's use, it is not larceny.


The intention of remaining. To acquire a domicil, the party must have his abode in one place, with the intention of remaining there; for without such intention no new domicil can be gained, and the old will not be lost. See Domicile.


The intention of receiving. A man will acquire no title to a thing unless he possesses it with an intention of receiving it for himself; as, if a thing be bailed to a man, he acquires no title.


The intention of returning. A man retains his domicil, if he leaves it animo revertendi.


An intention to make a testament or will. This is required to make a valid will; for whatever form may have been adopted, if there was no animus testandi, there can be no will. An idiot for example, can make no will, because he has no intention.


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