Criminal Insanity

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Definition: Criminal Insanity

What is the dictionary definition of Criminal Insanity?

Dictionary Definition

A mental defect or disease that makes it impossible for a person to understand the wrongfulness of his acts or, even if he understands them, to ditinguish right from wrong. Defendants who are criminally insane cannot be convicted of a crime, since criminal conduct involves the conscious intent to do wrong — a choice that the criminally insane cannot meaningfully make. See also irresistible impulse; McNaghten Rule.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Criminal Insanity are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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