\ˈadɪkwət kˈɔːz], \ˈadɪkwət kˈɔːz], \ˈa_d_ɪ_k_w_ə_t k_ˈɔː_z]\
Definitions of ADEQUATE CAUSE
Sort: Oldest first
In criminal law. Adequate cause for the passion which reduces a homicide committed under its influence from the grade of murder to manslaughter, means such cause as would commonly produce a degree of anger, rage, resentment, or terror, in a person of ordinary temper, sufficient to render the mind incapable of cool reflection. Insulting words or gestures, or an assault and battery so slight as to show no intention to inflict pain or injury, or an injury to property unaccompanied by violence are not adequate causes. Gardner v. State, 40 Tex. Cr. R. 19, 48 S. W. 170; Williams v. State. 7 Tex. App. 396; Boyett v. State, 2 Tex. App. 100.
By Henry Campbell Black
Word of the day
- of or relating abasia (inability to walk) Affected by, or associated with, abasia. Pertaining to or affected with abasia.