malum prohibitum


malum pro·​hib·​i·​tum
plural mala prohibita
: 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


New Latin, prohibited offense

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“Malum prohibitum.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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