express malice

express malice
express malice n: actual malice (1) at malice

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

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  • express malice — A deliberate or premeditated design to inflict injury or take life. 26 Am J1st Homi § 38. For the purposes of the law of defamation, malice in fact as distinguished from implied malice. 33 Am J1st L & S § 111. See malice in fact …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • malice — mal·ice / ma ləs/ n 1 a: the intention or desire to cause harm (as death, bodily injury, or property damage) to another through an unlawful or wrongful act without justification or excuse b: wanton disregard for the rights of others or for the… …   Law dictionary

  • express — ex·press 1 adj: directly and distinctly stated or expressed rather than implied or left to inference compare implied express 2 vt: to make known (one s thoughts, ideas, or opinions) by words, conduct, or symbols see also expression M …   Law dictionary

  • malice — The intentional doing of a wrongful act without just cause or excuse, with an intent to inflict an injury or under circumstances that the law will imply an evil intent. A condition of mind which prompts a person to do a wrongful act willfully,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • malice — The intentional doing of a wrongful act without just cause or excuse, with an intent to inflict an injury or under circumstances that the law will imply an evil intent. A condition of mind which prompts a person to do a wrongful act willfully,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • malice — A state of mind, being ill will, hatred, or hostility entertained by one person toward another. 34 Am J1st Mal § 2. More precisely, that state of mind which prompts the intentional doing of a wrongful act without legal justification or excuse.… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • express — Clear; definite; explicit; plain; direct; unmistakable; not dubious or ambiguous. Declared in terms; set forth in words. Directly and distinctly stated. Made known distinctly and explicitly, and not left to inference. Minneapolis Steel &… …   Black's law dictionary

  • express — Clear; definite; explicit; plain; direct; unmistakable; not dubious or ambiguous. Declared in terms; set forth in words. Directly and distinctly stated. Made known distinctly and explicitly, and not left to inference. Minneapolis Steel &… …   Black's law dictionary

  • implied malice — An expresssion of dual meaning, sometimes being used in the sense of constructive malice and at other times indicating presumed malice. The mental state of ill will, spite, wicked intention, or enmity which the law infers from or imputes to… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • legal malice — Such consists of either an express intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm, or of a wickedness of disposition, hardness of heart, cruelty, recklessness of consequences and a mind regardless of social duty which indicates an unjustified… …   Black's law dictionary

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