Brutum Fulmen

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Meaning of Brutum fulmen

An empty noise; an empty threat.

What does Brutum Fulmen mean in American Law?

The definition of Brutum Fulmen in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

An empty noise, i.e., a toothless threat, as in “If no injunction coud be issued against this act, our declaration of its wrongfulness would be but a brutum fulmen.”


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Concept of “Brutum Fulmen”

Traditional meaning of brutum fulmen in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) An empty threat.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Brutum Fulmen”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

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