scienter

scienter

[sahy-en-ter] Law.
noun
1.
a mental state in which one has knowledge that one’s action, statement, etc., is wrong, deceptive, or illegal: often used as a standard of guilt: The court found that the company had the requisite scienter for securities fraud.
adverb
2.
knowingly or deliberately: His wife’s statements were made scienter.

Origin:
< Latin scienter ‘knowingly’ < scient- (stem of sciēns); see science

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scienter (saɪˈɛntə)
 
adv
law knowingly; wilfully
 
[from Latin]

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