Legal Definition and Related Resources of Culpa

Meaning of Culpa

An act of neglect , causing damage , but not implying an intent to injure .

Culpa Alternative Definition

A fault; negligence. Jones, Bailm. 8. Culpa is to be distinguished from dolvs, the latter being a trick for the purpose of deception, the former merely negligence. There are three degrees of culpa: Lata culpa, gross fault or neglect; levis culpa, ordinary fault or neglect; hvissima culpa, slight fault or neglect; and the definitions of these degrees are precisely the same as those in our law. Story, Bailm. § 18.

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Concept of “Culpa”

Traditional meaning of culpa in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) Fault; negligence; guilt. Culpa lata dolo aequiparatur: gross negligence is held equivalent to intentional wrong.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Culpa”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

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