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English definition of “diminished responsibility”

diminished responsibility

noun [U]     UK specialized (US diminished capacity)
the condition in which someone's mental state , etc. causes them not to be in full control of their actions : The accused pleaded not guilty on grounds of diminished responsibility .Mental and psychiatric disordersCourt cases, orders and decisions
(Definition of diminished responsibility noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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