cul·​pa·​bil·​i·​ty ˌkəl-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce culpability (audio)
: responsibility for wrongdoing or failure : the quality or state of being culpable
moral/legal/criminal culpability
He refuses to acknowledge his own culpability.
Culpability for our failure to reduce petroleum imports falls across the political spectrum.Gregg Easterbrook

Examples of culpability in a Sentence

cannot find culpability where there is neither knowledge that a crime has been committed nor evidence of intent to commit a crime
Recent Examples on the Web The question of the inheritance of culpability, perhaps even the genetic predisposition to sociopathy that one of them fears, is surely worth investigation. Jesse Green, New York Times, 14 May 2024 Bruno’s father, the Nazi commandant, feels very guilty about his son’s death—and perhaps for his broader culpability for the atrocities at Auschwitz, too. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for culpability 

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of culpability was in 1652

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“Culpability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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