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Consciously; willfully; subject to complete understanding of the facts or circumstances.

According to provisions contained in the Model Penal Code, an individual is deemed to have acted knowingly in regard to a material element of an offense when: in the event that such element involves the nature of his or her conduct or the circumstances attendant thereto, he or she is aware that the conduct is of such nature or that those circumstances exist; if the element relates to a result of the person's conduct, he or she is conscious of the fact that it is substantially certain that the conduct will precipitate such a result.

When the term knowingly is used in an indictment, it signifies that the defendant knew what he or she was going to do and, subject to such knowledge, engaged in the act for which he or she was charged.


adverb advisedly, deliberately, intentionally, learnedly, pointedly, purposefully, with knowledge, wittingly
Associated concepts: knowingly and willfully, knowingly permit, knowingly suffer
See also: purposely

KNOWINGLY, pleadings. The word knowingly," or "well knowing," will supply the place of a positive averment in an indictment or declaration, that the defendant knew the facts subsequently stated; if notice or knowledge be unnecessarily stated, the allegation may be rejected as surplusage. Vide Com. Dig. Indictment, G 6; 2 Stra. 904; 2 East, 452; 1 Chit. Pl. *367; Vide Scienter.

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The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act would clarify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to ensure that websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking can be held liable.
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Director of Operations for Crimestoppers, Roger Critchell, said: "The public should not be tempted by these notes, as it is a criminal offence to knowingly hold or use them.
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ISLAMABAD -- The Human Rights Commission has lashed out at Indian Army for killing a carpet weaver intentionally and knowingly and framing him in a manipulated case in 1994.
which led to knowingly unjust decision, the State National Security Committee reported on February 13.