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Awareness at the time of doing an act that a certain consequence may result. In the case of some crimes (e.g. wounding with intent) an intention by the accused to bring about a certain consequence must be proved before he can be found guilty; foresight is not enough (see also ulterior intent). However, conviction for many crimes (including wounding) requires only that the accused foresaw a specified consequence as likely or possible. In all cases where foresight suffices for liability, the court may not assume that the defendant had foresight merely because the particular consequence that occurred was the natural and likely consequence of his acts. See also recklessness.

Subjects: Law.

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