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Essential Element

essential element n

: an element of a tort or esp. a crime that must be alleged in the complaint or charging instrument (as the indictment) in order to make out a prima facie case



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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