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The conscious omission of a duty, implying mental inertia rather than malice of will. Yet it becomes morally culpable at the moment a person is even dimly aware of what he or she is doing and of the evil results that may follow. Church law distinguishes slight, ordinary, or gross negligence, and imputability differs accordingly.