- deserving blame or censure; blameworthy.
Origin of culpable
Synonyms for culpable
Examples from the Web for culpably
Historical Examples of culpably
I feel that I have been culpably negligent, and altogether too trustful.'A Woman Intervenes
But I think that, in this business, the police have been culpably supine.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
He is then culpably careless, though not actually malignant.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)
And they that think it culpably defective in phrase, aptness, or elegancy of style.A Christian Directory
All the Dares had been culpably pampered, and of course it bore its fruits.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles
Mrs. Henry Wood
- deserving censure; blameworthy
Word Origin for culpable
Word Origin and History for culpably
late 13c., coupable, from Old French coupable (12c., Modern French coupable), from Latin culpabilis "worthy of blame," from culpare "to blame," from culpa "crime, fault, blame, guilt, error." English (and for a time French) restored the first Latin -l- in later Middle Ages.