Furtum Manifestum Law and Legal Definition
Furtum Manifestum is a Latin word meaning “open theft” used in Roman law. It refers to theft in which the person is caught in the act. A theft was manifest if the thief was caught on the day of the theft with the stolen property before reaching the place where he intended to take it. Fourfold damages were available by means of actio furti. The right of action died with the offending person. Thefts which was not manifestum was nec manifestum.