moral certainty

Definition of "moral certainty"
  1. A level of conviction about a defendant's guilt that falls short of absolute certainty but surpasses doubt based on reason, typically held by the judge or jury in a criminal trial
How to use "moral certainty" in a sentence
  1. The jury reached a verdict of guilty based on the moral certainty they had from the evidence presented.
  2. Despite the lack of an eyewitness, the painstakingly compiled circumstantial evidence provided the jury with moral certainty of the defendant's guilt.
  3. The judge instructed the jury that a verdict of guilty requires moral certainty, not just a belief that the defendant could have committed the crime.

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