diminished responsibility

diminished responsibility
in criminal law an aberration of mind, close to but not actually amounting to insanity, that is caused by mental illness. The defence in Scotland applies only to murder and attempted murder. It is construed a little wider in England where it extends to cover depression or irresistible impulse. In England, the reduced crime is manslaughter and in Scotland culpable homicide (See homicide).

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  • diminished responsibility — di,minished responsi bility or di,minished ca pacity noun uncount LEGAL a situation in which someone cannot be considered responsible for a crime because they are mentally ill …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • diminished responsibility — noun English Law an unbalanced mental state which is recognized as grounds to reduce a charge of murder to that of manslaughter …   English new terms dictionary

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