culpable

[ kuhl-puh-buhl ]
/ ˈkʌl pə bəl /

adjective

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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culpable

/ (ˈkʌlpəbəl) /

adjective

deserving censure; blameworthy

Derived Forms

culpability 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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