Fault – an error or defect of judgment or of conduct; any deviation from prudence or duty resulting from inattention, incapacity, perversity, bad faith, or mismanagement

fault:

(13c.) 1. An error or defect of judgment or of conduct; any deviation from prudence or duty resulting from inattention, incapacity, perversity, bad faith, or mismanagement.  2. A breach of duty as an element of the tort of negligence.  Fault is a traditional element in determining the legal responsibility for an injury suffered by another.  3. Civil law. The intentional or negligent failure to maintain some standard of conduct when that failure results in harm to another person.”

References:

[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

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