di·min·ished capacity (dĭ-mĭnĭsht)
A reduced capacity, caused by mental illness, intoxication, or some other cause, that prevented a person accused of an illegal act from formulating the full intent necessary for the most serious offense with which that person is charged. Also called diminished responsibility.
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