[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.