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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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For that, the software provides all necessary building elements for room and floor planning as well as extensive catalogs with objects, materials and textures for interior furnishing.
A major finding from the 2009 Autodesk/AIA Green Index report, published by the AIA and San Rafael, California-based Autodesk AEC Solutions, was that 42 percent of architects reported clients asking for green building elements on a majority of their projects, with 47 percent of clients actually implementing green building elements on their projects, an increase of 15 percent from 2007.
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In particular, the global political-economic transformations that contributed to the making of the contemporary Middle East were de-emphasized, if not absent in favor of the national, cultural, and state building elements.
Sally Pearson joins as construction administrator - a new role - and will be responsible for co-ordinating the building elements of each project.
The code stipulates that certain building elements, such as columns and beams, will need to be heavier, for example, and that a building's openings will require sturdier reinforcement.
This document provides guidance in the preparation of specific requirements for testing and evaluation of building elements for their ability to resist the effects of floodwater exposure.
A familiar Sunset phrase for decades, "doing double duty" usually describes building elements that perform more than one function.
The Sefaira Concept Plugin allows designers to visualize and adjust Sefaira Concept's initial interpretation of a model, which includes basic building elements such as walls, windows and roofs.
With an emphasis on heat, air, and moisture checks, he explores such building elements as sheet-metal outer wall systems; new developments; low-sloped roofs; sheet-metal roofs; balconies, shafts, chimneys, and stairs, and risk analysis.

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