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[ bley-muh-buhl ]
/ ˈbleɪ mə bəl /
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deserving blame; censurable.
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Origin of blamable

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at blame, -able


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What does blamable mean?

Blamable is used to describe someone or something that deserves to be blamed for something negative that has happened. It can also be spelled blameable.

The word blameworthy means the same thing and is more commonly used. Another synonym is blameful.

To blame someone for something is to accuse them of having caused it or to hold them responsible for it. The word blame is always used in the context of something bad that happened—you don’t blame someone for something good. However, when someone is blamed for something, it doesn’t mean they are guilty of it—it simply means they are being accused of being guilty of it.

The word blame can also be used as a noun referring to the responsibility for something negative that happened. This is how the word is used in the phrase assign blame. As a noun, blame can also mean the disapproval, condemnation, or criticism for something bad that happened, as in He deserves most of the blame for the loss.

Calling a person blamable indicates the belief that they are responsible for what happened and that they should receive the criticism for having caused it.

Example: Those who participated in the fraud should be held responsible, but those who knew about it and did nothing are also blamable.

Where does blamable come from?

The first records of the word blamable come from the 1300s. Blame comes from the Late Latin blasphēmāre, meaning “to blaspheme” (“to speak in a disrespectful way about God or other things considered sacred”).

The opposite of blamable is blameless, which is used to describe someone who hasn’t done anything wrong—they haven’t done anything to be blamed for.

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What are some other forms related to blamable?

  • blameable (alternate spelling)
  • nonblamable (adjective)
  • blame (verb, noun)

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How is blamable used in real life?

Blamable is always used in negative contexts. It’s most often used in serious situations, such as those involving a crime or other serious wrongdoing.

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Is blamable used correctly in the following sentence?

“They are equally blamable and deserve the same punishment.”

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