implied malice

Definition of "implied malice"
  1. Negative intent that isn't explicitly stated, but can be deduced from a harmful act performed without valid reason or apology
How to use "implied malice" in a sentence
  1. The prosecutor argued that implied malice was evident from the reckless driving of the defendant.
  2. Despite a lack of concrete proof, the jury found implied malice in the actions of the accused.
  3. Implied malice is often a critical element in cases involving injury caused by neglect.

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