guilt or blame that is deserved; blameworthiness.
- Sometimes cul·pa·ble·ness .
- non·cul·pa·bil·i·ty, noun
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How to use culpability in a sentence
Some judges have dropped the issue of culpability, saying they will take it up again down the road.D.C. judges express frustration about possible leniency in Capitol riot cases | Rachel Weiner | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The company only acknowledges its own culpability in obscure academic journals and internal memos.ExxonMobil wants you to feel responsible for climate change so it doesn’t have to | Rebecca Leber | May 13, 2021 | Vox
Keefe talks about writing the book and what may lie behind the Sacklers’ denials of their culpability for the opioid crisis.
Cooperating witnesses are the lifeblood for prosecutors because they provide a road map that not only lays out the names and culpability of their co-conspirators, but also reveals the mind-set of those who participated in the crime.Founding member of Oath Keepers enters first guilty plea in Jan. 6 Capitol breach | Spencer Hsu, Devlin Barrett | April 16, 2021 | Washington Post
Weitz notes that the results are still preliminary and incomplete, but he thinks they are “intriguing” and might help us “begin to walk away from this notion of culpability” where it isn’t appropriate.
He denies complete culpability and has blamed mechanical failures, including malfunctioning watertight doors, for the sinking.South Korea’s Ferry Disaster Gives Us a New Cowardly Captain to Hate | Barbie Latza Nadeau | April 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the law insists on judging legal culpability by reference, at least in part, to results.No, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Dealer Isn’t a Murderer | Alan M. Dershowitz | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why then does legal culpability not follow moral culpability?No, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Dealer Isn’t a Murderer | Alan M. Dershowitz | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Who best dealt with their culpability and crimes during the war?
Studies seeking to count war dead inevitably raise questions of moral culpability, but their real utility lies elsewhere.New Report Cites Half-a-Million War Related Dead in Iraq | Brian Van Reet | October 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He evidently felt that he ought to defend his own sagacity and absolve himself from mariner's culpability.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
Nor had he the innate sense that his misfortunes had been incurred without the culpability of, at least, neglect on his own part.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) | Charles James Lever
Upon admitting Lionel again to his presence, he spoke forcibly, though with brevity, upon the culpability of his conduct.Camilla | Fanny Burney
He instantly relieved Mrs. Clephane of culpability; Mrs. Winton did not count with him.The Cab of the Sleeping Horse | John Reed Scott
Kemble translates bana "slaughterer," which implies brutality, and perhaps culpability.Beowulf | R. W. Chambers