Mora Law and Legal Definition

Mora is Latin term used in Roman law. It means willful delay or default in fulfilling a legal obligation. The word technically means delay. It is undue or culpable delay. The person against whom delay can be charged is subjected to the consequences arising from delay. ‘In mora’ means in default. A person is said to be in mora, when s/he defaults in paying due debt. Such a debtor is liable to suffer the consequences that is, the loss the creditor may incur from debtor’s delay. Generally, a lessee is not liable for the damages caused to the subjects lent. However, a lessee can be held liable for damage, provided s/he guilty of mora in redelivery after the accomplishment of the purpose.