Element Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Element.

Element (noun):

  1. An essential factor or conditions of a legal claim that a party must prove or allege in order to succeed in a lawsuit. These factors or conditions vary depending on the type of claim, such as negligence, breach of contract, assault, etc.
  2. A fundamental component or requirement of a zoning general plan.

In the context of law, every charge of a criminal offense or cause of action requires specific elements to be fulfilled.