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What does culpability mean?
Culpability is the quality of being culpable—deserving blame for a crime or wrongdoing.
When someone is described as culpable for something, it means it’s their fault or that they are guilty of it. Culpability is the guilt or blame that a person deserves.
The words culpable and culpability are typically used in serious legal contexts involving crimes.
Example: It’s the job of a jury to assign or reject culpability for a crime.
Where does culpability come from?
Culpability is based on culpable, which is first recorded around 1300. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb culpāre, meaning “to hold liable,” from the Latin culpa, meaning “blame.” Culpa also appears in the Latin phrase mea culpa, meaning “my fault.”
You have culpability for something that has gone wrong when you’re somehow responsible for it. Even if you weren’t the one who directly caused harm, you could still be considered legally culpable if you had some role in it. For example, if it was your responsibility to ensure the safety of others by inspecting equipment and you neglected to do so, you could be held culpable if people were hurt as a result of your negligence.
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What are some other forms related to culpability?
- culpable (adjective)
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How is culpability used in real life?
Culpability is usually used in a very serious way. It’s especially used in a legal context.
We applaud the court ruling ordering Iran to compensate the family of Robert Levinson. While no dollar amount will reverse the pain they have had to endure for more than 13 years, it is a welcome affirmation of Iran’s culpability for his disappearance.https://t.co/jp1c058AMP
— NSC 45 Archived (@WHNSC45) October 7, 2020
High Court rules that Bawa-Garba must be struck off the UK medical register to maintain public confidence in the profession, saying “the holes in the patient’s safety net cannot reduce her personal culpability” https://t.co/fwYrynRiMa pic.twitter.com/yB9cj9Uvc6
— The BMJ (@bmj_latest) January 26, 2018
When you have a chronic inability to admit when you’re wrong; When you always double down and blame others for your mistakes; you lose the social capital n credibility to call on others to apologize, admit wrong or accept culpability. You lose your ability to hold ppl to account.
— Dennis M Brooks (@dennisbroox) March 22, 2020
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of culpability?
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|DAILY BEAST
But the law insists on judging legal culpability by reference, at least in part, to results.
Why then does legal culpability not follow moral culpability?
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|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