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[Latin, Fault, blame, or neglect.] A Civil Law term that implies that certain conduct is actionable.

The word culpa is applied to acts of commission and omission in both tort and contract cases. It implies the failure to perform a legally imposed duty, or Negligence.

Lata culpa means gross or wanton fault, or neglect. Levis culpa is common or ordinary negligence, or the absence of reasonable care. Levissima culpa is slight neglect or fault.

See: blame, culpability, dereliction, fault, guilt, negligence, responsibility


fault or blameworthy conduct. This is an important technical term in civilian jurisdictions with a range of meanings in the law of DELICT or civil wrongs.

CULPA. A fault committed without fraud, and this distinguishes it from dolus, which is a trick to deceive. See Dolus.

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Curiosamente, apunta Colburn, en general no se culpa al establecimiento del laissez-faire o a la entrada de capitales y empresas extranjeras de los males del continente, sino a la corrupcion interna.
No apologies, no mea culpa, no kiss my ass, no nothing.
Clinton] acted - and still, even in his supposed mea culpa, acts - as if he does not recognize what it means to be President of the United States.
McMaster says the eventual massive escalation of the war would have been impossible without McNamara's manipulation of Congress, the media, and the American people, activities given scant attention in McNamara's seemingly mea culpa book, In Retrospect.
Unfortunately for Gen Baril and his spin doctors, neither David Pugliese nor Tom Martineau were prepared to accept Baril's mea culpa at face value.
Turning back to MOT, I have a bit of a mea culpa to admit.
Pastor Bayer prided himself on his 17-minute weekday Masses, and that tight schedule only allowed for about 10 seconds of "Confiteor Deo omnipotenti, mumble, mumble, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, mumble, mumble, ad Dominum Deum nostrum.
What was missing, however, was a mea culpa from a senior member of a series of Governments that, for 13 years, were in a position to do something about it and chose to do nowhere near enough.
During the Confiteor, the Latin mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa is translated accurately as "through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault" and not just "through my own fault.
There is nothing resembling an apology, a mea culpa, anywhere in this film: McNamara admits that his role in the firebombing of Tokyo would probably have been considered a war crime if America had lost World War II yet seems oblivious to the fact that he committed many war crimes during the course of a war we did lose, even at one point admitting that he can't remember if he was the person who authorized the use of Agent Orange.
The Home Secretary and the Government regurgitated the usual mea culpa and promised to put policies in place which would lead to the eradication of racist tendencies within the ranks of the police.
La culpa es del Banco Central, que retiene sus estados contables de diciembre.