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THOUGHT. The operation of the mind. No one can be punished for his mere thoughts however wicked they may be. Human laws cannot reach them, first, because they are unknown; and, secondly, unless made manifest by some action, they are not injurious to any one; but when they manifest themselves, then the act, which is the consequence, may be punished. Dig. 50 16, 225.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But it would be a great help for the people who are open to experiment to improve their thought process and avoid some of the errors while climbing the ladder of success.
These exercises, however, neither reflect the progress of science nor appreciably instill a scientific thought process in the students.
The accuracy of our thought process and communication is improved by using the most accurate word definitions; making specific rather than vague statements and avoiding faulty premises, assumptions, generalities, and culturally biased irrational belief systems.
Freely punctuated by repetitions, revisions, ums, ahs, and tantalizing silences, Cruz's delivery frayed the novel's already pleonastic story lines to the point of incomprehensibility, mutating the text into the rambling sound track of a thought process or even an esoteric act of self-pleasuring.
The thought process may look something like the picture below.
"We were able to apply our experience in other jurisdictions in Latin America, as well as our team's creative thought process to recommend several modifications to make such projects more inviting to international investors."
Underwriters must try to understand the thought process of terrorists and the goals they seek to accomplish.
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A Northern Ireland Protestant, he was, in the late 1960s, a high-school student at Methodist College, Belfast, which he describes as "very religious." By a threefold thought process, an interest in the natural sciences which he thought "offered perfectly adequate explanations for every aspect of reality," the inspiration of the utopian spirit of the era, and a knowledge of the troubled history of his homeland, McGrath made the decision to eject God from his life.
'I suggest you wrote this letter from your own thought process and not under instruction from the defendant,' Mr Hicks said.
do{ interrupt the current thought process; start a new process to comment on the suspended process; } while (the therapist asks "What are you feeling?");
"What happens, a lot of time, is the customer is giving us information that they don't know how to get from a thought process to their work area," he says.