Legal maxim and Latin for a personal action dies with the person. Some legal causes of action can no longer be brought after a person dies, in some cases, defamation. In actions of tort this was formerly a general rule, but recently its application has been so generally narrowed that it probably affects only actions for libel and slander. Compensation may, however, now be recovered by the relatives of a person negligently killed. Compensation may also be recovered in some cases of trespass.