Definition of culpable in English:

culpable

adjective

  • Deserving blame.

    ‘mercy killings are less culpable than ‘ordinary’ murders’
    • ‘Here, knowledge and intent or culpable negligence would seem to be required for criminal liability.’
    • ‘If we believe that humans are morally culpable for sexual behavior then we must uphold that view.’
    • ‘In this, of all ages, we should learn the lesson that to put only a fraction of the potentially culpable in the dock is to invite injustice.’
    • ‘We should record in particular that we have found no evidence of deliberate distortion or of culpable negligence.’
    • ‘Journalists who had followed the case from start to finish could not agree how culpable she was, how knowingly she lied.’
    • ‘It is difficult to apportion blame since both sides seem to be equally culpable.’
    • ‘How culpable are they, can they be held responsible and will they pay for their mistake?’
    • ‘The above argument is not a defence of genuine culpable negligence.’
    • ‘Now if that is not a form of culpable negligence, then I do not know what is.’
    • ‘It will not please England, though, that two of his wickets, both front-line batsmen, were culpable.’
    • ‘Now many of us will agree that such a person is culpable and guilty.’
    • ‘The culpable do not break down and confess their sins merely as the result of close questioning.’
    • ‘Equally culpable are drivers who use the outside lane, despite clear inside lanes, and travel far below the speed limit.’
    • ‘But they are both culpable for putting political life on the danger list.’
    • ‘In fact, yours truly may be even more culpable for, as he and others have repeatedly said, I found the chief.’
    • ‘While you list a number of shops that are failing to provide access to wheelchair users, other businesses are equally culpable.’
    • ‘It seems to me in the media, particular in this country in the national media, are so culpable.’
    • ‘In public he pleads culpable to his part in that shock result.’
    • ‘And to remain apathetic in the face of such unnecessary suffering renders us all culpable.’
    • ‘If they don't, are they culpable for the death and suffering that results?’
    to blame, guilty, at fault, in the wrong, blameworthy, blameable, censurable, reproachable, reprovable, found wanting
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘deserving punishment’): from Old French coupable, culpable, from Latin culpabilis, from culpare ‘to blame’, from culpa ‘fault, blame’.

Pronunciation

culpable

/ˈkʌlpəb(ə)l/