The conscious, or partly conscious, omission of a duty with the implication of inertia in the intellect rather than in the will. It is morally imputable at the moment of the intellectual fault, provided that the bad results are at least confusedly foreseen. Externally, it may constitute negative cooperation with another's wrongdoing. It is distinguished at common law as slight, ordinary, or gross. See also, omission.

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