culpable

[ kuhl-puh-buhl ]
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adjective
  1. deserving blame or censure; blameworthy.

Origin of culpable

1
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

Other words for culpable

Other words from culpable

  • cul·pa·bil·i·ty, cul·pa·ble·ness, noun
  • cul·pa·bly, adverb
  • non·cul·pa·ble, adjective
  • non·cul·pa·ble·ness, noun
  • non·cul·pa·bly, adverb
  • un·cul·pa·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for culpable

culpable

/ (ˈkʌlpəbəl) /


adjective
  1. deserving censure; blameworthy

Origin of culpable

1
C14: from Old French coupable, from Latin culpābilis, from culpāre to blame, from culpa fault

Derived forms of culpable

  • culpability or culpableness, noun
  • culpably, adverb

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