plural culpae
Roman & civil law : actionable negligence or fault
specifically : the failure to use the care and diligence demanded by the special relationship between the plaintiff and defendant under the particular circumstances that arises from inattention, careless conduct, or want of care
distinguished from dolus
Roman & civil law : all actionable fault or misconduct including both negligence and willful or wanton wrongs arising from malice, fraud, or a desire for wrongful gain

Word History


Latin, guilt, fault; probably akin to Old Irish col sin, blame, Welsh cwl

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“Culpa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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