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Cooling Time

cooling time n

: time in which to become calm following provocation compare heat of passion NOTE: If a court finds that the cooling time was sufficient or reasonable, a defendant may not use provocation to reduce a murder charge to involuntary manslaughter.



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.