Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Criminality; culpability.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In criminal law. That quality which imparts criminality to a motive or act, and renders the person amenable to punishment by the law. That disposition to violate the law which has manifested itself by some act already done. The opposite of innocence. See Ruth. Inst. b. 1, c. 18, ยง 10.