Definition of culpable
- culpable negligence
- The defendant is culpable for her actions.
They held her culpable for the accident.
He's more culpable than the others because he's old enough to know better.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: deserving blame : guilty of doing something wrong
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