An act is the following:
- Generally, an act is an action, the process of doing something.
- In theatre, an act is one section of a play or opera.
- Regarding a martyr, an act is the duly authorized contemporary history of the martyr's life and actions.
- In law an act is the following:
- In a legal transaction, an act is a written document that attests the legality of the transaction. In this sense, very ancient acts from the Babylonian period carved on clay tablets in cuneiform writing have been found. Such an act also attests the legality of a pact or the peace after an armed conflict or war.
- In a legislature, an act (Act) is a statute passed by legislature, or a planned statute that legislature has not yet enacted. Before being enacted the act is called a bill. After it has been enacted it becomes law.
- The exam, ACT (American College Test), is a national college admission exam. It tests skills and knowledge in English, mathematics, reading, science and reasoning. ACT results are accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and universities.
- Act were a British-based German synthpop duo of the late 1980s.
EtymologyThe word "act comes from Latin actum meaning an action, the process of doing something.
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