mens rea

[menz ree-uh]
noun Law.
a criminal intent.

1860–65; < Neo-Latin mēns rea Unabridged
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mens rea (ˈmɛnz ˈreɪə)
law Compare actus reus 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
[Latin, literally: guilty mind]

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mens rea
Latin phrase meaning "guilty mind."
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