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1. the formally codified result of deliberation by a legislative body; a law, edict, decree, statute, etc.
2. a formal written record of transactions, proceedings, etc., as of a society, committee, or legislative body
3. a major division of a dramatic work
a. a short performance of skill, a comic sketch, dance, etc., esp one that is part of a programme of light entertainment
b. those giving such a performance
5. Philosophy an occurrence effected by the volition of a human agent, usually opposed at least as regards its explanation to one which is causally determined


(in New Zealand) Association of Consumers and Taxpayers: a small political party of the right


  1. to carry out or perform any unit or sequence of social behaviour. See ACTION.
  2. to play or act out social roles as if on a stage. See DRAMATURGY.
  3. any unit of ACTION or behaviour.
  4. the ‘accomplished act’ rather than the process of social action (Schutz, 1972). See also ACTION.


On drawings, abbreviation for “actual.”






A very popular customer relationship management (CRM) application for Windows from Swiftpage ACT! LLC ( Officially titled with an exclamation point, reps use Act! to review the notes they previously took along with their customers' email messages and Facebook profiles. A Mac version, now discontinued, was offered earlier.

Act! integrates with popular applications and enables customer reps to access the data simultaneously. Cloud and hosted versions along with custom solutions are also available.

Originally a DOS program for contact names, Act! debuted in 1987 from Conductor Software, later renamed Contact Software International. Although Act!'s ownership changed several times, it evolved into a comprehensive application for the sales professional to organize and track customer details. The product moved from Contact Software to Symantec to SalesLogix (renamed Interact Commerce) to the Sage Group and then Swiftpage in 2013.

An Act! Contact Record
These screen shots from an earlier version of Act! show each contact in a name and address record (top) from which activities are scheduled (bottom right). Activity history is on the bottom left.
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The attractiveness of buybacks was further enhanced in April 1999 following the abolition of Advance Corporation Tax (ACT).
The tax charge on profit before exceptional items fell from 32% to 24% following the savings in advance corporation tax that arise from paying the year's dividends as foreign income dividends.
The Chancellor began his career in July 1997 with a pledge not to increase taxes but promptly helped himself to pounds 5 billion a year from pension funds under the guise of a change to the littleknown Advance Corporation Tax regulations.
Following the announcement of the planned changes in Advance Corporation Tax, the Directors' believe it would now be appropriate for the Company to have available the customary power to buy back up to 10% of the company's issued share capital.
He accuses the Treasury 'with hindsight' of making 'mistakes' and demanding that it put them right - by restoring the shelter provided by advance corporation tax which Chancellor Brown scrapped in his first Budget in 1997.

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