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noun [countable] legal     novus actus interveniens pronunciation in British English
/ˌnəʊvəs æktəs ɪntə(r)ˈviːniənz/
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singularnovus actus interveniens
pluralnovi actus intervenientes
  1. an event that breaks the chain of legal causation and may result in the defendant not being blamed for the consequences of their original action

    The judge argued that the claimant’s action in attempting to rescue the man amounted to a novus actus interveniens which thus broke the chain of causation.

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