malum prohibitum

noun
malum pro·​hib·​i·​tum | \ -prō-ˈhi-bə-təm\
plural mala prohibita\ -​ˈhi-​bə-​tə \

Legal Definition of malum prohibitum

: 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

History and Etymology for malum prohibitum

New Latin, prohibited offense

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