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n. Law
Knowledge that one's actions are wrong or contrary to law, where such knowledge is an element of a criminal offense or a basis for liability.

[Latin, knowingly, consciously, from sciēns, scient-, present participle of scīre, to know; see science.]


(Law) law knowingly; wilfully
[from Latin]
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Adv.1.scienter - (law) deliberately or knowingly
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Although one might think that willfulness requires something more than mere scienter--for which recklessness may suffice--the caselaw is far from clear in part because scienter is a judge-made requirement borrowed from the common law of intentional torts.
struggled to interpret the scienter requirements for many of its

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