sci·en·ter /sī-'en-tər/ n [Latin, knowingly, from scient- sciens, present participle of scire to know]
1: knowledge of the nature of one's act or omission or of the nature of something in one's possession that is often a necessary element of an offense
the scienter element constitutionally required for an obscenity statuteWall Dist. v. Newport News, 323 S.E.2d 75 (1984); also: intent to engage in particular esp. criminal conduct
a few environmental away altogether with the need to prove scienter...requiring no proof of criminal intent whatsoever — R. J. Kafin et al.
2: a mental state in fraud (as securities fraud) that is characterized by an intent to deceive, manipulate, or defraud

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

noun appreciation, apprehension, awareness, cognition, cognizance, comprehension, consciousness, discernment, familiarity, intent, intention, knowledge, perception, recognition, understanding

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(Latin) Knowingly; used to describe situations where a defendant had guilty knowledge that a crime was being committed, such as knowledge that a misrepresentation he or she made was not true; often used as a noun to mean guilty knowledge or a mental state intending to deceive.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

(si-en-ter) Latin for "knowingly." In criminal law, it refers to the knowledge by a defendant that makes him or her responsible for the crime. In some, but not all crimes, scienter is a requirement — that is, the crime must be done knowingly.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. Latin Knowingly.
1 A knowledge beforehand of the consequences of an action or failure to act that makes a person legally responsible for those consequences. Such advance knowledge may make the person subject to civil or criminal punishment.
2 An intention to deceive or defraud (usually applied to stock fraud).
See also knowing, mens rea.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

(Latin: Knowingly.)
Guilty knowledge that is sufficient to charge a person with the consequences of his or her acts.

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

[Latin, Knowingly.] Guilty knowledge that is sufficient to charge a person with the consequences of his or her acts.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   Latin for "having knowledge." In criminal law, it refers to knowledge by a defendant that his/her acts were illegal or his/her statements were lies and thus fraudulent.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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