malum prohibitum

Definition of "malum prohibitum"
  1. A Latin term for actions that are wrong and illegal because they are prohibited by specific laws, generally for the benefit of public welfare, not because they are inherently evil or cause immediate harm to others
How to use "malum prohibitum" in a sentence
  1. Being accused of malum prohibitum, she had to pay a fine for trespassing on a protected wildlife area.
  2. Insider trading is considered malum prohibitum—it is not inherently evil, but it's forbidden by law to maintain market fairness.
  3. Failing to pay the required business taxes is malum prohibitum—it may not harm anyone directly but affects public welfare.

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