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culpa

[kuhl-puh; Latin koo l-pah] /ˈkʌl pə; Latin ˈkʊl pɑ/
noun, plural culpae
[kuhl-pee; Latin koo l-pahy] /ˈkʌl pi; Latin ˈkʊl paɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Roman and Civil Law. negligence; neglect (distinguished from dolus):
One is not always liable before law for culpa resulting in damages.
2.
guilt; sin.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Old English < Latin: fault, liability, blame
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British Dictionary definitions for culpae

culpa

/ˈkʊlpɑː/
noun (pl) -pae (-piː)
1.
(civil law) an act of neglect
2.
a fault; sin; guilt
Word Origin
Latin: fault
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