Definition of culpable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkʌlpəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌlpəbl//
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responsible and deserving blame for having done something wrong The accident was the result of a culpable failure to consider the risks involved. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘deserving punishment’): from Old French coupable, culpable, from Latin culpabilis, from culpare ‘to blame’, from culpa ‘fault, blame’.Extra examples She believed him culpable of murder. The prime minister is highly culpable in this affair. You are equally culpable in this affair.
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