mens rea

noun \ ˈmenz-ˈrē-ə , -ˈrā-ə \
Updated on: 14 Feb 2018

Definition of mens rea

: criminal intent

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Origin and Etymology of mens rea

New Latin, literally, guilty mind


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mens rea

noun \ ˈmenz-ˈrē-ə, -ˈrā- \

legal Definition of mens rea

plural mentes reae \ˈmen-ˌtēz-ˈrē-ˌē, ˈmen-ˌtās-ˈrā-ˌī\
: a culpable mental state; especially : one involving intent or knowledge and forming an element of a criminal offense
  • murder contains a mens rea element
— compare actus reus

Origin and Etymology of mens rea

New Latin, literally, guilty mind


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