scienter

[ sahy-en-ter ]
/ saɪˈɛn tər /

noun Law.

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 Law.

knowingly or deliberately: His wife’s statements were made scienter.

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Origin of scienter

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin scienter “knowingly, consciously, skillfully, expertly,” from scient- (stem of sciēns ); see origin at science
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British Dictionary definitions for scienter

scienter
/ (saɪˈɛntə) /

adverb

law knowingly; wilfully

Word Origin for scienter

from Latin
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