Definition of scienter in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈɛntə/


[mass noun] Law
The fact of an act having been done knowingly, especially as grounds for civil damages: [as modifier]: scienter liability
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  • The whole point of section 2 of the 1971 Act, which replaced the old scienter action, was to impose a stricter liability upon those who knew that the animal they had possessed characteristics which other such animals did not have.
  • In the aftermath of Smith, courts have determined the constitutionality of such obscenity legislation on the basis that such laws ‘must, either expressly or impliedly, require scienter.’
  • The Animals Act 1971 abolished the scienter action and replaced it with a statutory code of strict liability.


Latin, from scire know.

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