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culpable

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adjective cul·pa·ble \ˈkəl-pə-bəl\

Simple Definition of culpable

  • : deserving blame : guilty of doing something wrong

Full Definition of culpable

  1. 1 archaic :  guilty, criminal

  2. 2 :  meriting condemnation or blame especially as wrong or harmful <culpable negligence>

cul·pa·bil·i·ty play \ˌkəl-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
cul·pa·ble·ness play \ˈkəl-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun
cul·pa·bly play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of culpable

  1. They held her culpable for the accident.

  2. He's more culpable than the others because he's old enough to know better.



Origin of culpable

Middle English coupable, from Anglo-French cupable, culpable, from Latin culpabilis, from culpare to blame, from culpa guilt


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of culpable

blameworthy, blamable, guilty, culpable mean deserving reproach or punishment. blameworthy and blamable apply to any degree of reprehensibility <conduct adjudged blameworthy> <an accident for which no one is blamable>. guilty implies responsibility for or consciousness of crime, sin, or, at the least, grave error or misdoing <guilty of a breach of etiquette>. culpable is weaker than guilty and is likely to connote malfeasance or errors of ignorance, omission, or negligence <culpable neglect>.



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