Lat. In the civil law. Carelessness; inattention; the omission of proper care or forethought. The term is not exactly equivalent to our “negligence,” in- asmuch as it was not any ncgligentia, but only a high or gross degree of it, that amounted to culpa, (actionable or punishable fault.) Negligentia semper habet infortunium comitem. Negligence always has misfortune for a companion. Co. Litt 246b; Shep. Touch. 476.