Mens-rea Definition

noun
The defendant’s guilty state of mind, as an element in proving the crime with which he or she is charged.
Webster's New World Law

(law) A guilty mind, a conscious knowing by the perpetrator that the act he/she committed was illicit.

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Noun

Singular:
mens-rea
Plural:
mentes-reae

Origin of Mens-rea

  • From Latin mÄ“ns rea (literally “guilty mind").

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