heat of passion


heat of passion
heat of pas·sion: an agitated state of mind (as anger or terror) prompted by provocation sufficient to overcome the ability of a reasonable person to reflect on and control his or her actions – called also heat of blood, heat of passion on sudden provocation, hot blood, sudden heat, sudden heat of passion, sudden passion; see also manslaughter compare cold blood, cool state of blood

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

heat of passion
n.
The mental and emotional state caused by sudden anger, hatred, terror, or extreme excitement that provokes someone to commit a crime.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


heat of passion
A mitigating circumstance that may be raised by an accused criminal, claiming to have been in an uncontrollable rage, terror, or fury at the time of the alleged crime, especially one provoked by the victim.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


heat of passion
adj. characterization of acts done while actor is in state of extreme stress or explosive anger.
See also voluntary manslaughter.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


heat of passion
A phrase used in criminal law to describe an intensely emotional state of mind induced by a type of provocation that would cause a reasonable person to act on impulse or without reflection.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


heat of passion
A phrase used in criminal law to describe an intensely emotional state of mind induced by a type of provocation that would cause a reasonable person to act on impulse or without reflection.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

heat of passion
n.
   in a criminal case, when the accused was in an uncontrollable rage at the time of commission of the alleged crime. If so, it may reduce the charge, indictment or judgment down from murder to manslaughter, since the passion precluded the defendant having premeditation or being fully mentally capable of knowing what he/she was doing.
   See also: manslaughter, murder

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • sudden heat of passion — sudden heat of passion: heat of passion Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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