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mens rea

[menz ree-uh] /ˈmɛnz ˈri ə/
noun, Law.
a criminal intent.
Origin of mens rea
1860-65; < New Latin mēns rea Unabridged
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mens rea

/ˈmɛnz ˈreɪə/
(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
Word Origin
Latin, literally: guilty mind
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Contemporary definitions for mens rea

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

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Latin 'guilty mind'

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Latin phrase meaning "guilty mind."

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