irresistible impulse

noun
ir·​re·​sis·​ti·​ble im·​pulse | \ ˌir-rə-ˈzis-tə-bəl- \

Legal Definition of irresistible impulse

: an overpowering impulse produced by mental disease or defect that leads to the commission of a criminal act (as murder)

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“Irresistible impulse.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/irresistible%20impulse. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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