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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of culpable

  1. 1 archaic :  guilty, criminal

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

culpability

play \ˌkəl-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

culpableness

play \ˈkəl-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun

culpably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of culpable in a sentence

  1. They held her culpable for the accident.

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



Did You Know?

Culpable normally means simply "guilty". To a lawyer, "culpable negligence" is carelessness so serious that it becomes a crime—for instance, building a swimming pool in your suburban yard with no fence around it, so that a neighbor's child could fall in and drown. But degrees of culpability are important in the law; someone who intended to do harm always faces a more serious challenge in court than someone who was merely careless.

Origin and Etymology 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>.

Law Dictionary

culpable

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adjective cul·pa·ble \ˈkəl-pə-bəl\

Legal Definition of culpable

  1. :  deserving condemnation or blame as wrong or harmful

culpability

\ˌkəl-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ play noun

culpableness

noun

culpably

adverb





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