DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY By N., Sam M.S. - 6 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 LEGAL PSYCHIATRY (Forensic Psychiatry) Developing a Case Study FREUD, SIGMUND (1856-1939) OBSESSRVE-COMPULSIVE REACTION ANTISOCIAL REACTION Hitler and Conformity Ethics and Legal Course: Landmark Legal Case ALCOHOLIC ADDICTION Diagnosis and Treatment Planning CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/diminished-responsibility/ (accessed July 3, 2022).