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scienter

[sahy-en-ter]Law.
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noun
  1. a mental state in which one has knowledge that one’s action, statement, etc., is wrong, deceptive, or illegal: often used as a standard of guilt: The court found that the company had the requisite scienter for securities fraud.
adverb
  1. knowingly or deliberately: His wife’s statements were made scienter.

Origin of scienter

< Latin scienter ‘knowingly’ < scient- (stem of sciēns); see science
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British Dictionary definitions for scienter

scienter

adverb
  1. law knowingly; wilfully

Word Origin

from Latin
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Word Origin and History for scienter

adv.

legalese Latin, literally "knowingly," from sciens, present participle of scire "to know" (see science) + adverbial suffix -ter.

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