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Word of the Day 12/01/18 Scienter

Scienter (noun, adverb)
scienter [sahy-en-ter]


noun Law.
1. a mental state in which one has knowledge that one’s action, statement, etc., is wrong, deceptive, or illegal: often used as a standard of guilt: The court found that the company had the requisite scienter for securities fraud.

adverb
2. knowingly or deliberately: His wife’s statements were made scienter.



Origin: < Latin scienter ‘knowingly’ < scient- (stem of sciēns ); see science

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