Definition of scienter in English:

scienter

noun

Law
  • [mass noun] The fact of an act having been done knowingly, especially as grounds for civil damages:

    [as modifier] ‘scienter liability’
    • ‘In the aftermath of Smith, courts have determined the constitutionality of such obscenity legislation on the basis that such laws ‘must, either expressly or impliedly, require scienter.’’
    • ‘The whole point of section 2 of the 1971 Act, which replaced the old scienter action, was to impose a stricter liability upon those who knew that the animal they had possessed characteristics which other such animals did not have.’
    • ‘It's one thing to require scienter and premeditation.’
    • ‘Rather, it is based on the scienter and conduct of the second party, the ‘contributing’ infringer.’
    • ‘The Animals Act 1971 abolished the scienter action and replaced it with a statutory code of strict liability.’

Origin

Latin, from scire know.

Pronunciation:

scienter

/sʌɪˈɛntə/