malum prohibitum npl: mala pro·hib·i·ta [-hi-bə-tə]
[New Latin, prohibited offense]
: an offense prohibited by statute but not inherently evil or wrong [is malum prohibitum and, therefore, does not demand mens rea "Commonwealth v. Guthrie , 616 A.2d 1019 (1992)"] often used with a preceding noun (as crime or act ) [acts malum prohibitum ] compare malum in se
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.