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culpability

[ kuhl-puh-bil-i-tee ]
/ 藢k蕦l p蓹藞b瑟l 瑟 ti /
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noun
guilt or blame that is deserved; blameworthiness.
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What does聽culpability mean?

Culpability is the quality of being culpable鈥攄eserving blame for a crime or wrongdoing.

When someone is described as culpable for something, it means it鈥檚 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鈥檚 the job of a jury to assign or reject culpability for a crime.

Where does聽culpability come from?

Culpability is based on culpable, which is first recorded around 1300. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb culp膩re, meaning 鈥渢o hold liable,鈥 from the Latin culpa, meaning 鈥渂lame.鈥 Culpa also appears in the Latin phrase mea culpa, meaning 鈥渕y fault.鈥

You have culpability for something that has gone wrong when you鈥檙e somehow responsible for it. Even if you weren鈥檛 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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How is聽culpability used in real life?

Culpability is usually used in a very serious way. It鈥檚 especially used in a legal context.

 

 

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of culpability?

A. liability
B. responsibility
C. illegality
D. blameworthiness

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