In the legal sense, this word may be used to signify the result of a public deliberation, the decision of a legislative body, of a council, court of justice, or a magistrate. Also, a decree, edict, law, judgment, resolve, award, determination or statute.
- Also, an instrument in writing to verify facts, as act of assembly, act of congress, act of parliament, act and deed.
- Harvard defines Act as: The product of a legislative body. An act may be a law about a particular subject such as the Clean Air Act. But 'act' may also refer to the name of a bill. For example, the Working Families Flexibility Act is the name of a bill that was proposed in the 104th, 105th, 106th, and 107th Congress, but to date, has not been enacted into law.