Meaning of “diminished responsibility” in the English Dictionary

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"diminished responsibility" in British English

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diminished responsibilitynoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˌmɪn.ɪʃt rɪ.spɒn.sɪˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ us /dɪˌmɪn.ɪʃt rɪ.spɑːn.səˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/ 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:

(Definition of “diminished responsibility” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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