adjective \ˈkəl-pə-bəl\

: deserving blame : guilty of doing something wrong

Full Definition of CULPABLE

archaic :  guilty, criminal
:  meriting condemnation or blame especially as wrong or harmful <culpable negligence>
cul·pa·bil·i·ty \ˌkəl-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
cul·pa·ble·ness \ˈkəl-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun
cul·pa·bly \-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


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