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Malum In Se

malum in se n

pl: mala in se [ma-lə-, mÄ -]
[New Latin, offense in itself]
: an offense that is evil or wrong from its own nature irrespective of statute often used with a preceding noun (as crime or act) [held that burglary was a crime malum in se "State v. Stiffler, 788 P.2d 2205 (1990)"] compare malum prohibitum

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

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