(v. t.) The criminality and consequent exposure to punishment resulting from willful disobedience of law, or from morally wrong action; the state of one who has broken a moral or political law; crime; criminality; offense against right.

(v. t.) Exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture.

Related Terms:

broke, broken, consequent, crime, criminal, criminality, disobedience, exposure, forfeit, forfeiture, morally, obedience, offense, orally, orf, orfe, organ, penal, penalty, politic, political, punish, punishment, resulting, sequent, sob, willful


aguilt, bloodguilty, inguilty, not guilty, plead guilty

Legal Application:

crim. law. That quality which renders criminal and liable to punishment; or it is that disposition to violate the law, which has manifested itself by some act already done. The opposite of innocence. Vide Rutherf. Inst. B. 1, c. 18, s. 10.

2. In general everyone is presumed innocent until guilt has been proved; but in some cases the presumption of guilt overthrows that of innocence; as, for example, where a party destroys evidence to which the opposite party is entitled. The spoliation of papers, material to show the neutral character of a vessel, furnishes strong presumption against the neutrality of the ship. 2 Wheat. 227. Vide Spoliation.

Related Actions:

cent, character, disposition, innocence, manifest, neutrality, overt, presumption, punishment, quality, resumption, spoliation, vert, vessel

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