guilt or blame that is deserved; blameworthiness.

Nearby words

  1. culmination,
  2. culminative,
  3. culo,
  4. culottes,
  5. culpa,
  6. culpable,
  7. culpable homicide,
  8. culpeper,
  9. culprit,
  10. cult

Sometimes cul·pa·ble·ness.

Origin of culpability

Related formsnon·cul·pa·bil·i·ty, noun




deserving blame or censure; blameworthy.

Origin of culpable

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin culpābilis, equivalent to culpā(re) to hold liable (derivative of culpa blame) + -bilis -ble; replacing Middle English coupable < Middle French < Latin as above

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Examples from the Web for culpabilities

  • But Miss Piggy persevered, transforming her culpabilities into a successful career and becoming an icon to countless generations.

    Miss Piggy Leans In|Erin Cunningham|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for culpabilities



deserving censure; blameworthy
Derived Formsculpability or culpableness, nounculpably, adverb

Word Origin for culpable

C14: from Old French coupable, from Latin culpābilis, from culpāre to blame, from culpa fault

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Word Origin and History for culpabilities
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