malum in se

noun
mal·​um in se | \ ˈma-ləm-in-ˈsē, ˈmä-lu̇m-in-ˈsā \
plural mala in se\ ˈma-​lə-​, ˈmä-​ \

Legal Definition of malum in se

: 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

History and Etymology for malum in se

New Latin, offense in itself

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“Malum in se.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/malum%20in%20se. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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