noun[mass noun] English Law
An unbalanced mental state which is considered to make a person less answerable for murder, being recognized as grounds to reduce the charge to that of manslaughter: he has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility
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- Those who kill and are convicted of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility are no less dangerous than those convicted of murder, and yet the judge has sentencing discretion in one case and not in the other.
- On re-arraignment he pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on the ground of diminished responsibility, and that plea was accepted by the Crown.
- He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, and was ordered to be detained in a secure hospital.
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