Definition of culpable in English:

culpable

adjective

  • Deserving blame.

    ‘mercy killings are less culpable than ‘ordinary’ murders’
    • ‘In fact, yours truly may be even more culpable for, as he and others have repeatedly said, I found the chief.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is difficult to apportion blame since both sides seem to be equally culpable.’
    • ‘The above argument is not a defence of genuine culpable negligence.’
    • ‘Here, knowledge and intent or culpable negligence would seem to be required for criminal liability.’
    • ‘Now if that is not a form of culpable negligence, then I do not know what is.’
    • ‘Now many of us will agree that such a person is culpable and guilty.’
    • ‘In public he pleads culpable to his part in that shock result.’
    • ‘If they don't, are they culpable for the death and suffering that results?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems to me in the media, particular in this country in the national media, are so culpable.’
    • ‘How culpable are they, can they be held responsible and will they pay for their mistake?’
    • ‘But they are both culpable for putting political life on the danger list.’
    • ‘Journalists who had followed the case from start to finish could not agree how culpable she was, how knowingly she lied.’
    • ‘If we believe that humans are morally culpable for sexual behavior then we must uphold that view.’
    • ‘It will not please England, though, that two of his wickets, both front-line batsmen, were culpable.’
    • ‘And to remain apathetic in the face of such unnecessary suffering renders us all culpable.’
    • ‘While you list a number of shops that are failing to provide access to wheelchair users, other businesses are equally culpable.’
    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/