Mens-rea



[menz ree-uh] /ˈmɛnz ˈri ə/

noun, Law.
1.
a criminal intent.
/ˈmɛnz ˈreɪə/
noun
1.
(law) a criminal intention or knowledge that an act is wrong. It is assumed to be an ingredient of all criminal offences although some minor statutory offences are punishable irrespective of it Compare actus reus
noun

the intention to commit a wrongful act, the element that establishes criminal responsibility; a criminal mind
Word Origin

Latin ‘guilty mind’
Usage Note

law

Latin phrase meaning “guilty mind.”

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