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is a Latin phrase meaning wrong or evil in itself. The phrase is used to refer to conduct assessed as sinful or inherently wrong by nature, independent of regulations governing the conduct. It is distinguished from malum prohibitum, which is wrong only because it is prohibited.
murder of human beings is universally agreed to be wrong by other human beings, which is Malum in se.
by gadooshavanght January 07, 2011
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