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A material factor; a basic component.

The term is used to mean one of several parts that unite to form a whole, as in elements of a criminal action or civil action. In the tort of Assault and Battery, an essential element of the offense would be unwanted physical contact. An element of the crime of rape is lack of consent on the part of the victim.

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n. 1) an essential requirement to a cause of action (the right to bring a lawsuit to enforce a particular right). Each cause of action (negligence, breach of contract, trespass, assault, etc.) is made up of a basic set of elements which must be alleged and proved. Each charge of a criminal offense requires allegation and proof of its elements. 2) essential requirement of a General Plan. (See: cause of action, crime, General Plan, zoning)

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Furthermore, when we consider our options, the theory of Five Elements should help us recognize how and what we can do and what we cannot and should not do.
Although there were different percentages about the existence of five elements of critical thinking for citizenship education in the curriculum at secondary level but it was evident that overall the existence of critical thinking for promoting citizenship education was not satisfactory.
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The five elements represent the five regions covered by the Asian Football Confederation - East, West, Asean, South and Central.
The five elements are also represented in three dimensional forms (Fig.
NNA - The Army Command - Orientation Directorate issued on Friday the following communiquA': "At 8:29 this morning, and as a new violation of the Lebanese sovereignty, five elements belonging to the Israeli enemy forces opened the gate of the technical fence at the Hula border near Sheikh Abbad religious site, and crossed the blue line for a short distance, then returned toward the occupied territories.
The focus for all the workshops was to describe normal emotional, cognitive and behavioural responses or reactions to abnormal events; to explain the philosophy, then apply and demonstrate the five elements of support (Hobfoll et al, 2007) and how these can be used in the participants' own lives and the lives of the people they work with; and to better identify when individuals need to seek further help, and increase awareness of referral pathways.
The theme of the show was five elements of life namely air, water, earth, fire, and space, referred as Panchabhuta in scriptures.
Among their topics are the establishment and development in the Qin and Han dynasties (221 BC-220 AD), physiological and pathological outlooks, the observation of life phenomena, the primitive cognition of disease, the accumulation of therapeutic experiences, the human body as an organic integrity, the relationship between syndrome differentiation and treatment, the formation and development of the theory of primordial qi, the theory of five elements, the bio-psycho-social-medical model, and specific research methods.
Which five elements in the periodic table contain only four letters in their name?