aggravating circumstance


aggravating circumstance
aggravating circumstance n: a circumstance relating to the commission of an act that increases the degree of liability or culpability
punitive damages are recoverable in a conversion case when the evidence shows legal malice, willfulness, insult, or other aggravating circumstancesSchwertfeger v. Moorehouse, 569 So. 2d 322 (1990); also: a circumstance (as lack of remorse) relating to an offense or defendant that receives consideration by the court esp. in imposing a death sentence compare mitigating circumstance

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

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