[ sahy-en-ter ]
/ saɪˈɛn tər /
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.
knowingly or deliberately: His wife’s statements were made scienter.
FOR POSTERITY’S SAKE, TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
Are words your bailiwick? Take the latest quiz on the words from July 6 to July 12 to find out.
Question 1 of 7
Origin of scienter
< Latin scienter ‘knowingly’ < scient- (stem of sciēns); see science
Words nearby scienter
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for scienter
/ (saɪˈɛntə) /
law knowingly; wilfully
Word Origin for scienter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012