DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 A legal defense where a mental abnormality is used to reduce accountability for an act. Also called limited responsibility. See partial insanity. DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY: "Joe used dimished responsibility to have his sentence reduced." Related Psychology Terms DIMINISHED CAPACITY GUILTY BUT MENTALLY ILL (GBMI) AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY INTOXICATION DEFENSE AUTOMATISM DEFENSE INTERMITTENT REINFORCEMENT DISCOVERY MAD HATTER'S SYNDROME, MADNESS CAT'S-EYE SYNDROME Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/diminished-responsibility/ (accessed January 16, 2021).