Definition of Malum prohibitum

1. Phrase. (legal) The Latin phrase used in law to refer to an action that is not inherently evil, but is nevertheless illegal only because prohibited, as opposed to malum in se. A malum prohibitum offense is something that is wrong only because a statute makes it so, or by consensus that society agrees to prohibit the act, and is typically regulatory in nature and often result in no direct injury or danger to the person, entity, or property but only merely create the danger or probability of it which the statute attempts to minimize. Used to develop consensual crimes. ¹



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Malum Prohibitum

maltreatment
maltreatments
maltreats
malts
maltster
maltsters
maltworm
maltworms
malty
malum
malum articulorum senilis
malum coxae
malum coxae senile
malum in se
malum perforans pedis
malum prohibitum (current term)
malum vertebrale suboccipitale
malums
malunion
malurid
malurids
malus
maluses
malva pudding
malva puddings
malvaceae
malvaceous
malvalate
malvalates

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