Furiosus Law and Legal Definition
Furiosus means any person who was ‘non compos mentis’ meaning having no power or possession of mind or the person who resembled a raving beast totally lacking in discretion. Thus no guiltier of a crime than the child who is too young to know good from evil is termed as furiosus. The Court in Holloway v. United States, 148 F.2d 665, 666-67 (D.C. Cir. 1945) held that to punish a man who lacks the power to reason is as undignified and unworthy as punishing an inanimate object or an animal. A man who cannot reason cannot be subject to blame.
In the context of enforcing a contract, furiosus (an insane man) is incapable of entering into a contract, because he has no will or capacity to perform. Generally the Law treats such person as if they were absent.