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malum prohibitum

noun malum pro·hib·i·tum \ -prō-ˈhi-bə-təm \

legal Definition of malum prohibitum

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 rea
  • Commonwealth v. Guthrie, 616 A.2d 1019 (1992)
often used with a preceding noun (as crime or act)
  • acts malum prohibitum
— compare malum in se

Origin and Etymology of malum prohibitum

New Latin, prohibited offense


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