transferred intent

Definition of "transferred intent"
  1. A situation where the intent to commit a wrong against one person unintentionally harms a different individual, thereby transferring the intent necessary to hold the perpetrator liable
How to use "transferred intent" in a sentence
  1. In the duel, his misfired bullet wasn’t meant for the bystander, but transferred intent applied.
  2. The rock thrown with anger meant for his brother hit a stranger, which is a case of transferred intent.
  3. She meant to kick the ball at the goal post but hit the referee instead, demonstrating transferred intent.

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