What is another word for mala fide?

35 synonyms found


[ mˈɑːlə fˈa͡ɪd], [ mˈɑːlə fˈa‍ɪd], [ m_ˈɑː_l_ə f_ˈaɪ_d]

Mala fide is a term frequently used in legal jargon referring to an act that has been committed in bad faith. There are various synonyms for this term that can be used depending on the context of the act. Some common synonyms include deceptive, fraudulent, deceitful, dishonest, and underhanded. These words all convey the notion that someone has purposefully acted with the intention to deceive or harm another party. Other synonyms that can be used include treacherous, perfidious, faithless, disloyal, and duplicitous. Each of these words adds a slightly different connotation to the act, but all carry the same idea that the act was committed with ill intent.

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How to use "Mala fide" in context?

At its core, "malicious" means detrimental or harmful to someone or something. But in law, malicious means committed with the intent to do harm, not just a lack of beneficial intent. To be convicted of malice, the prosecution does not have to prove that the defendant intended to cause harm, but only that he or she knew how his or her actions would cause harm and deliberately pursued that outcome. So, for example, a business owner who cuts corners in order to save money might be charged with malice, even if their intention was benign.

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