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mental capacity

noun

medical Definition of mental capacity

1 :sufficient understanding and memory to comprehend in a general way the situation in which one finds oneself and the nature, purpose, and consequence of any act or transaction into which one proposes to enter
2 :the degree of understanding and memory the law requires to uphold the validity of or to charge one with responsibility for a particular act or transaction
  • mental capacity to commit crime requires that the accused know right from wrong

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