culpable

adjective cul·pa·ble \ ˈkəl-pə-bəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of culpable

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

culpability

play \ˌkəl-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

culpableness

play \ˈkəl-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun

culpably

play \ˈkəl-pə-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.

Recent Examples of culpable from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of culpable

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

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


CULPABLE Defined for English Language Learners

culpable

adjective

Definition of culpable for English Language Learners

  • : deserving blame : guilty of doing something wrong


Law Dictionary

culpable

adjective cul·pa·ble \ ˈkəl-pə-bəl \

legal Definition of culpable

:deserving condemnation or blame as wrong or harmful

culpability

play \ˌkəl-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

culpableness

noun

culpably

adverb


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