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malum prohibitum

noun malum pro·hib·i·tum \-prō-ˈhi-bə-təm\

Legal Definition of malum prohibitum


mala prohibita

  1. :  an offense prohibited by statute but not inherently evil or wrong is malum prohibitum and, therefore, does not demand mens rea — Commonwealth v. Guthrie, 616 A.2d 1019 (1992) —often used with a preceding noun (as crime or act) acts malum prohibitum — compare malum in se

Origin and Etymology of malum prohibitum

New Latin, prohibited offense

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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