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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-\
: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 se
  • State 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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