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malum in se

noun mal·um in se \ˈma-ləm-in-ˈsē, ˈmä-lu̇m-in-ˈsā\

Legal Definition of malum in se

plural

mala in se

\ˈma-lə-, ˈmä-\
  1. :  an offense that is evil or wrong from its own nature irrespective of statute —often used with a preceding noun (as crime or act) held that burglary was a crime malum in seState v. Stiffler, 788 P.2d 2205 (1990) — compare malum prohibitum

Origin and Etymology of malum in se

New Latin, offense in itself


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