irresistible impulse

irresistible impulse
ir·re·sis·ti·ble im·pulse /ˌir-rə-'zis-tə-bəl-/ n: an overpowering impulse produced by mental disease or defect that leads to the commission of a criminal act (as murder)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

irresistible impulse
index compulsion (obsession), obsession

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


irresistible impulse
A test applied in a criminal prosecution to determine whether a person accused of a crime was compelled by a mental disease to commit it and therefore cannot be held criminally responsible for her or his actions; in a wrongful death case, a compulsion to commit suicide created by the defendant.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


irresistible impulse
A test applied in a criminal prosecution to determine whether a person accused of a crime was compelled by a mental disease to commit it and therefore cannot be held criminally responsible for her or his actions; in a wrongful death case, a compulsion to commit suicide created by the defendant.

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