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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.


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)


noun cantle, component, component part, constituent, content, detail, elementum, essential part, feature, fraction, fragment, fundemental part, integral part, item, member, part, particle, piece, rudiment, section, segment, substance
Associated concepts: elements of a cause of action, eleeents of a crime, elements of recovery
See also: aspect, atmosphere, characteristic, component, constituent, detail, determinant, factor, feature, ingredient, item, member, part, segment, unit
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traditional buildings that consist of most of the nine building elements
The order covers building elements and services for John Svensson Byggfirma's expansion of a hospital in Vaxjo, Sweden.
B&M Impex received three separate orders for customised building elements to be delivered according to a Just-in-time scheme.
The East Main Street frontage has been divided into four distinct vertical building elements to create a very human scale and village like atmosphere.
O'Connell (New York State Academy of Fire Science) provides step-by- step instructions for maintaining the integrity of structurally damaged or unstable building elements at emergency scenes.
Its five sections tackle: approaching the client and agreeing a green brief, the issues which need to be considered, the strategies to be adopted, the building elements to be juggled with, and finally a short description of ways that sustainable building can be evaluated.
Tenders are invited for Selection of a contractor for the project: "Overhaul and modernization of the building elements of the bus station, located at the address:.
The authors (two of the College of Estate Management and one the regional managing director at Franklin and Andrews) introduce the measurement of building elements in quantity surveying, first examining basic principles and then providing instruction on measuring materials needed for the different parts of building structures.
The Swedish construction group Skanska said on Wednesday (9 March) that it had decided to concentrate its Swedish manufacturing of prefab building elements to its facilities in Bollebygd and Strangnas.
The main building elements -- stucco walls, steel canopy, timber roof and concrete floor planes -- are compositionally and materially distinct, giving a lucid, tectonic expressiveness.

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