Nudum Pactum, Ex Quo Non Oritur Actio Law and Legal Definition

The maxim nudum pactum, ex quo non oritur actio means a bare promise is one from which no action arises.

The following are examples of a case law on nudum pactum, ex quo non oritur action:

An agreement made without sufficient consideration is nudum pactum, ex quo non oritur action. [Sumner v. Williams, 8 Mass. 162 (Mass. 1811)].

A contract, to be valid and legally enforceable, must be supported by consideration. Any promise made by a person that is not supported by consideration is said to be nudum pactum, ex quo non oritur actio. While a promise to do an act may be morally enforceable, the law cannot compel the performance of an act without sufficient consideration. [In re Adams Laboratories, Inc., 3 B.R. 503, 507 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 1980)].