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Definitions for assumpsit
əˈsʌmp sɪtas·sump·sit

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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ASSUMPSITnoun

    A voluntary promise made by word, whereby a man taketh upon him to perform or pay any thing to another: It contains any verbal promise made upon consideration. John Cowell

    Etymology: assumo, Lat.


  1. Assumpsit

    Assumpsit ("he has undertaken", from Latin, assumere), or more fully, action in assumpsit, was a form of action at common law used to enforce what are now called obligations arising in tort and contract; and in some common law jurisdictions, unjust enrichment. The origins of the action can be traced to the 14th century, when litigants seeking justice in the royal courts turned from the writs of covenant and debt to the trespass on the case.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assumpsitnoun

    a promise or undertaking, founded on a consideration. This promise may be oral or in writing not under seal. It may be express or implied

  2. Assumpsitnoun

    an action to recover damages for a breach or nonperformance of a contract or promise, express or implied, oral or in writing not under seal. Common or indebitatus assumpsit is brought for the most part on an implied promise. Special assumpsit is founded on an express promise or undertaking

  3. Etymology: [L., he undertook, pret. of L. assumere. See Assume.]


  1. Assumpsit

    Assumpsit is a form of action at common law for the recovery of damages caused by the breach or non-performance of a simple contract, either express or implied, and whether made orally or in writing. The origin of assumsit comes from trespass on the case, a form of action in tort. The basis of the action was deceit in breaking a promise. The Slade's Case in 1602 determined that assumpsit may be used to recover damages for breach of a simple contract even if an action of debt was also proper. Assumpsit was the word always used in pleadings by the plaintiff to set forth the defendant's undertaking or promise, hence the name of the action. Claims in actions of assumpsit were ordinarily divided into common or indebitatus assumpsit, brought usually on an implied promise, and special assumpsit, founded on an expre coss promise. The actual "causes of action" that could be pleaded through assumpsit were known as the "common counts," and could be pleaded in a very terse, compact style. The Common Law Procedure Act 1852 abolished the common law forms of action in England and Wales. Furthermore, assumpsit as a form of action became obsolete in the United Kingdom after the passing of the Judicature Acts of 1873 and 1875.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assumpsit

    a-sump′sit, n. an action at law, wherein the plaintiff asserts that the defendant undertook (L. assumpsit) to do a certain act and failed to fulfil his promise: in the United States, the most common form of action.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assumpsit in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assumpsit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2


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