temporary insanity

Definition of "temporary insanity"
  1. A defense in a criminal case suggesting that the accused was momentarily not in a sound mental state when committing the crime, so could not understand the nature of the act
How to use "temporary insanity" in a sentence
  1. The defendant pleaded temporary insanity, arguing that he was psychologically disturbed at the time of the crime.
  2. Due to the effects of the drug, she could not comprehend her actions, leading to a claim of temporary insanity.
  3. In court, they advanced a temporary insanity defense saying he was in a state of shock when the theft took place.

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