malum prohibitum
malum pro·hib·i·tum /-prō-'hi-bə-təm/ n pl 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 reaCommonwealth v. Guthrie, 616 A.2d 1019 (1992)
— often used with a preceding noun (as crime or act )
acts malum prohibitum compare malum in se

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

malum prohibitum
adj.
(Latin) Bad because it is prohibited; describes an act that is wrong because it is prohibited by law.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


malum prohibitum
(mal-uhm prohibit-uhm) Latin for "wrong due to being prohibited," referring to acts made illegal by statute to benefit public welfare, not because they are inherently evil and obvious violations of society's standards. Generally, they do not involve immediate injury or damage to others. Examples include violations of regulatory acts, insider trading, and tax avoidance. Compare: malum in se
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


malum prohibitum
n. Latin An act that is wrong solely because prohibited by law, as opposed to malum in se.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

malum prohibitum
[mal-uhm prohibit-uhm]
adj.
   Latin meaning "wrong due to being prohibited," which refers to crimes made so by statute, compared to crimes based on English common law and obvious violations of society's standards which are defined as malum in se. Statutory crimes include criminal violations of regulatory acts, "white collar crimes" such as improper use of insider information, issuance of stocks without a permit which are intentionally not supported by real assets and tax avoidance.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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