scienter

Knowledge, particularly knowledge which charges with guilt or liability. Knowledge of an owner of an animal concerning the viciousness of the beast. 4 Am J2d Am § 86. Knowledge on the part of a person making a repre- sentation, at the time when the representation is made, that it is false. 37 Am J2d Fraud § 197. An element of liability for interference with the performance of a contract, consisting in knowledge of the existence of the contract. 30 Am J Rev ed Interf § 42. An element of the crime of incest, consisting in knowledge that the person with whom one engages in sexual intercourse is within the prohibited degree of relationship. 27 Am J1st Incest § 7.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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