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scienter

[sahy-en-ter] /saɪˈɛn tər/
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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British Dictionary definitions for scienter

scienter

/saɪˈɛntə/
adverb
1.
(law) knowingly; wilfully
Word Origin
from Latin
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Word Origin and History for scienter
adv.

legalese Latin, literally "knowingly," from sciens, present participle of scire "to know" (see science) + adverbial suffix -ter.

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