justifiable homicide
justifiable homicide see homicide

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

justifiable homicide

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


justifiable homicide
A killing without evil or criminal intent, for which there is no blame. For example, an accidental shooting, a killing in the course of self-defense, or a death that results from the necessary actions of a police officer would all be justifiable homicides. Justifiable deaths are not the same as a crime of passion or a claim of diminished capacity, which refer to defenses aimed at reducing the penalty or degree of crime. (See also: crime of passion, diminished capacity)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

justifiable homicide
n.
   a killing without evil or criminal intent, for which there can be no blame, such as self-defense to protect oneself or to protect another or the shooting by a law enforcement officer in fulfilling his/her duties. This is not to be confused with a crime of passion or claim of diminished capacity, which refer to defenses aimed at reducing the penalty or degree of crime.
   See also: homicide, self-defense

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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