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n, pl -pae (-piː)
1. (Law) civil law an act of neglect
2. a fault; sin; guilt
[Latin: fault]
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(ˈkʌl pə, ˈkʊl-)

n., pl. -pae (-pi, -paɪ)
1. Law. negligence; neglect.
2. fault; guilt.
[1250–1300; Old English < Latin: fault, blame]
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