Latin. A legitimate act, which was accompanied by solemn rituals.
A legal act, i. e. an act requiring legal solemnity in its performance. The solemnity may consist in the form of the procedure, or the persons present at its performance. Such acts were numerous under the civil law, including mancipatio, acceptilatio, tutoris datio, &c. The old ceremony of giving sasine in our law, was such an act, requiring the observance of certain solemnities in its performance, as ex. gr. the presence of the superior or his bailee upon the ground, -with the notary, witnesses, and attorney of the disponee, the delivery of the requisite symbols, taking instruments, &c.