PARTIAL INSANITY

a borderline state wherein cognitive handicap exists but isn't serious enough to render the person totally excused of their criminal behavior. With regard to legal proceedings, a conclusion of such might develop whenever there is indications to which a cognitive disorder was likely a contributing facilitator to a defendant's behavior, or which the disorder rendered the person not able of deliberating, premeditating, malice, or another cognitive condition generally necessary for first- degree offenses- in such cases it might result in conviction of a less serious offense.

PARTIAL INSANITY: "Some people believe that mood disorders should be broadly considered as forms of partial insanity since the person, in extreme cases, can go from a state of normalcy to a state of depression or rage that may be severe enough to take one's own life or cause harm to others."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PARTIAL INSANITY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/partial-insanity/ (accessed January 21, 2020).
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