irresistible impulse test

noun

Legal Definition of irresistible impulse test

: a test used in some jurisdictions when considering an insanity defense that involves a determination of whether an impulse to commit a criminal act was irresistible due to mental disease or defect regardless of whether the defendant knew right from wrong — compare diminished capacity, durham rule, m'naghten test, substantial capacity test

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“Irresistible impulse test.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/irresistible%20impulse%20test. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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