What is CONTRECTATIO?

In the civil and old English law. Touching; handling; meddling. The act of removing a thing from its place in such a manner that, if the thing be not restored, it will amount to theft. Contrectatio rei alienee, animo fnrandi, est fur turn. Jenk. Cent. 132. The touching or removing of another’s property, with an intention of stealing, is theft

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