malum prohibitum

noun

malum pro·​hib·​i·​tum
-prō-ˈhi-bə-təm
plural mala prohibita
-ˈhi-bə-tə
: an offense prohibited by statute but not inherently evil or wrong
is malum prohibitum and, therefore, does not demand mens reaCommonwealth v. Guthrie, 616 A.2d 1019 (1992)
often used with a preceding noun (as crime or act)
acts malum prohibitum
compare malum in se

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, prohibited offense

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Cite this Entry

“Malum prohibitum.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/malum%20prohibitum. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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