malum prohibitum

malum prohibitum

(mal-[schwa]m proh-hib-i-t[schwa]m), n. [Latin ¡°prohibited evil¡±] An act that is a crime merely because it is prohibited by statute, although the act itself is not necessarily immoral.

? Misdemeanors such as jaywalking and running a stoplight are mala prohibita, as are many regulatory violations. Pl. mala prohibita Cf. MALUM IN SE. ¡ª malum prohibitum,adj.


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