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[Latin, Mind, soul, or intention.] A tendency or an inclination toward a definite, sometimes unavoidable, goal; an aim, objective, or purpose.
When animus is used in conjunction with other words of Latin origin, its most common meaning is "the intention of." For example, animus revocandi is the intention of revoking; animus possidendi is the intention of possessing.
Animo, meaning "with intent," may be employed in a manner similar to animus. For example, animo felonico means with felonious intent.
animusnoun bent, character, decision, design, determination, disposition, fixed purpose, intendment, intent, intention, intentionality, mind, motive, nature, penchant, predetermination, predilection, predisposition, propensity, purpose, resolve, set purpose, settled purpose, temper, volition, will
Associated concepts: animus derelinquendi, animus et faccum, animus furandi, animus revertendi, animus testandi, anti-union animus
See also: character, design, desire, feud, frame, hatred, intent, malice, odium, resentment, spite, will
ANIMUS. 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; animus morandi, the
intention or purpose of delaying.
2. 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.