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 for Act in pais
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Act \Act\ ([a^]kt), n. [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F.
     acte. See Agent.]
     1. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the
        effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a
        performance; a deed.
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              That best portion of a good man's life,
              His little, nameless, unremembered acts
              Of kindness and of love.              --Wordsworth.
        [1913 Webster] Hence, in specific uses:
        (a) The result of public deliberation; the decision or
            determination of a legislative body, council, court of
            justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve,
            award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress.
        (b) A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has
            been done. --Abbott.
        (c) A performance of part of a play; one of the principal
            divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a
            certain definite part of the action is completed.
        (d) A thesis maintained in public, in some English
            universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show
            the proficiency of a student.
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     2. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a
        possibility or possible existence. [Obs.]
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              The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in
              possibility, what they afterward grow to be.
                                                    --Hooker.
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     3. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on
        the point of (doing). "In act to shoot." --Dryden.
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              This woman was taken . . . in the very act. --John
                                                    viii. 4.
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     Act of attainder. (Law) See Attainder.
  
     Act of bankruptcy (Law), an act of a debtor which renders
        him liable to be adjudged a bankrupt.
  
     Act of faith. (Ch. Hist.) See Auto-da-F['e].
  
     Act of God (Law), an inevitable accident; such
        extraordinary interruption of the usual course of events
        as is not to be looked for in advance, and against which
        ordinary prudence could not guard.
  
     Act of grace, an expression often used to designate an act
        declaring pardon or amnesty to numerous offenders, as at
        the beginning of a new reign.
  
     Act of indemnity, a statute passed for the protection of
        those who have committed some illegal act subjecting them
        to penalties. --Abbott.
  
     Act in pais, a thing done out of court (anciently, in the
        country), and not a matter of record.
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     Syn: See Action.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ACT IN PAIS. An act performed out of court, and not a matter of record.
  Pais, in law French, signifies country. A deed or an assurance transacted
  between two or more private persons in the country is matter in pais. 2 Bl.
  Com. 294.
  
  

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