Medical Dictionary

mental capacity


Medical Definition of MENTAL CAPACITY

:  sufficient understanding and memory to comprehend in a general way the situation in which one finds oneself and the nature, purpose, and consequence of any act or transaction into which one proposes to enter
:  the degree of understanding and memory the law requires to uphold the validity of or to charge one with responsibility for a particular act or transaction <mental capacity to commit crime requires that the accused know right from wrong>
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