cooling time

noun

Legal Definition of cooling time

: time in which to become calm following provocation — compare heat of passion

Note: If a court finds that the cooling time was sufficient or reasonable, a defendant may not use provocation to reduce a murder charge to involuntary manslaughter.

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“Cooling time.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/cooling%20time. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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