Simple Definition of culpable
: deserving blame : guilty of doing something wrong
Examples of culpable in a sentence
They held her culpable for the accident.
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
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