Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Rapina Definition:

Latin: to take away forcefully.

In Roman law and later, civil law, the quasi-delict of the theft of movables committed with violence.

Alexander Burrill defined rapina as follows:

“In the civil law. The violent taking from the person of another, of money or goods for the sake of gain; robbery from the person.

“In old English law, open and violent larceny from the person; robbery.”

In Roman law, rapina was punished more severely than furtum. Rapina was not a criminal offence per se but a form of quasi-delict which gave rise to a claim for damages, those damages being greater if it was proved that the delict was committed with violence, a rapina.


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