cul·​pa·​ble | \ ˈkəl-pə-bəl How to pronounce culpable (audio) \

Definition of culpable

1 : meriting condemnation or blame especially as wrong or harmful culpable negligence The defendant is culpable for her actions.
2 archaic : guilty, criminal

Other Words from culpable

culpableness \ ˈkəl-​pə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce culpable (audio) \ noun
culpably \ ˈkəl-​pə-​blē How to pronounce culpable (audio) \ adverb

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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web While the federal government and the fed are culpable, Covid-19 is the unknown variable. Mike Patton, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Dayna Glenny and her caterer, Joycelyn Bryant, were charged with tampering, culpable negligence and delivery of marijuana, according to FOX 35. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Bride Danya Shea Svoboda, 42, and caterer Joycelyn Montrinice Bryant, 31, have been charged with culpable negligence, delivery of marijuana and violating Florida's Anti-Tampering Act, the affidavits say. Jamiel Lynch And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 She was charged with one count of manslaughter by culpable negligence. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 18 Mar. 2022 Artissua Lafaye Paulk, 43, is charged with one count of manslaughter by culpable negligence, according to the West Palm Beach Police Department. NBC News, 18 Mar. 2022 Artissua Lafay Paulk, 43, of Greenacres, was charged with manslaughter by culpable negligence, according to a news release from the West Palm Beach Police. David Fleshler,, 17 Mar. 2022 As prices have chugged higher in recent months, liberals’ insistence that corporations are culpable has intensified. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2022 Highlighting the presence of weapons made by Turkey, a NATO ally, would allow the Russians to accuse the alliance of raising tensions in the conflict and being culpable in the death of Russian speakers. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of culpable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for culpable

Middle English coupable, from Anglo-French cupable, culpable, from Latin culpabilis, from culpare to blame, from culpa guilt

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“Culpable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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cul·​pa·​ble | \ ˈkəl-pə-bəl How to pronounce culpable (audio) \

Legal Definition of culpable

: deserving condemnation or blame as wrong or harmful

Other Words from culpable

culpability \ ˌkəl-​pə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce culpable (audio) \ noun
culpableness noun
culpably adverb

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