moral turpitude
moral tur·pi·tude /-'tər-pə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd/ n
1: an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community
2: a quality of dishonesty or other immorality that is determined by a court to be present in the commission of a criminal offense
a crime involving moral turpitude compare malum in se
◇ Whether a criminal offense involves moral turpitude is an important determination in deportation, disbarment, and other disciplinary hearings. Past crimes involving moral turpitude usu. may also be introduced as evidence to impeach testimony. Theft, perjury, vice crimes, bigamy, and rape have generally been found to involve moral turpitude, while liquor law violations and disorderly conduct generally have not.

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

moral turpitude
index bad repute

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


moral turpitude
n.
Depravity, dishonesty, or vileness; conduct that grossly violates acceptable standards of morality and behavior.

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


moral turpitude
A description of conduct that is shamefully wicked, an extreme departure from ordinary standards of morality, justice, or ethics; a base, vile, or depraved frame of mind. Used as a test of a criminal act when judging a violation of law.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


moral turpitude
n. Of conduct, that it is significantly wrong or immoral; used as a term of special condemnation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


moral turpitude
A phrase used in criminal law to describe conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


moral turpitude
A phrase used in criminal law to describe conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

moral turpitude
n.
   gross violation of standards of moral conduct, vileness. An act involving moral turpitude is considered intentionally evil, making the act a crime. The existence of moral turpitude can bring a more severe criminal charge or penalty for a criminal defendant.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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