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Origin of culpable
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What does culpable mean?
Culpable means 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.
Culpable is typically used in serious legal contexts involving crimes.
The noun culpability refers to the guilt or blame that is deserved for some crime or wrongdoing.
Example: The CEO should be held criminally culpable for the negligence that resulted in the deaths of several employees.
Where does culpable come from?
The first records of the word culpable come from 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’re culpable if you’re responsible for something going wrong. 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 culpable?
- culpably (adverb)
- culpability (noun)
- culpableness (noun)
- nonculpable (adjective)
What are some synonyms for culpable?
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How is culpable used in real life?
Culpable is usually used in a very serious way. It’s especially used in a legal context.
Attorney General finds no one criminally culpable in death of India Cummings https://t.co/uBUZpXP9Dv
— The Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews) October 3, 2020
Ugly #Antisemitism in a country where occupying Nazis destroyed most of the historic #Jewish community. Need Greek political figures, religious leaders, and media to show solidarity and hold anti-Semites culpable https://t.co/IoqTkJhEpu
— SimonWiesenthalCntr (@simonwiesenthal) December 31, 2019
Mike Pence should be impeached for his handling of COVID-19.
*Lied about the dangers
*Has led us to the worst death rate in the world
*Still refuses to embrace masks and social distancing
He is culpable for the 211,000 lives lost and 7 million people infected.
— Aisha C. Mills (@AishaMoodMills) October 8, 2020
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of culpable?
Example sentences from the Web for culpable
NBC 7 San Diego seemed to provide one of the most significant revelations last week that Gloria was culpable not just of approving it and enthusiastically supporting it but of perhaps fraudulently pushing it through approval.
How culpable are sites like Facebook, Google, and Apple in aiding potential spying, and the loss of privacy?
Russia should be regarded as culpable if separatists brought down this plane.Why Was Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Flying Through a War Zone?|Clive Irving|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I viewed the Zooey character as the colder one, and more culpable.Marc Webb Takes Us Inside ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Discusses His Rise to the A-List|Marlow Stern|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But looking over decades of celebrity shots provokes a startling revelation: we're culpable too.Exposed: Paparazzi vs. the Stars Over the Past 50 Years|Sarah Moroz|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moreover, American political figures who have proudly associated with The Family and with Rick Warren are culpable as well.Hillary, ‘The Family,’ and Uganda’s Anti-Gay Christian Mafia|Sally Kohn|February 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
More foolish, more culpable weakness was never shown than in thus yielding to these schemes.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
And if justice be not done, they are also culpable;—because of the want of such a power justice is not to be undone.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
A sovereign could not, without a culpable sacrifice of his personal dignity, persist longer in such a contest.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
They relate to the culpable remissness of these Knoxville leaders in failing to volunteer in the cause of the Confederacy.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot|William Gannaway Brownlow
The persons really culpable were those who sent them out without a proper staff, and without the smallest foresight.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell