Definition of culpa
1 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
2 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
3 : culpa levis
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Origin and Etymology of culpa
Latin, guilt, fault; probably akin to Old Irish col sin, blame, Welsh cwl
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