mens rea

Definition of "mens rea"
  1. A necessary mental component for criminal liability that is required to be guilty of a criminal act
How to use "mens rea" in a sentence
  1. Though he committed the act, the lack of mens rea meant he was innocent.
  2. The prosecution worked to establish the defendant's mens rea in the robbery.
  3. Without clear evidence of mens rea, the murder charges were dropped.

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