American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deserving of blame or censure as being wrong, evil, improper, or injurious. See Synonyms at blameworthy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Deserving censure; blamable; blameworthy: said of persons or their conduct.
- n. A culprit.
- adj. meriting condemnation, censure or blame, especially as something wrong, harmful or injurious; blameworthy
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious
- From Middle English culpable, from Old French culpable, from Latin culpabilis ("blameworthy"), from culpare ("to blame, condemn"), from culpa ("fault, crime, mistake") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English coupable, from Old French, from Latin culpābilis, from culpāre, to blame, from culpa, fault. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Remember, there are also specific child abuse laws that many states have that go beyond intentional crimes that can make you criminally responsible for what they call culpable neglect.”
“She was reduced to the last degree of poverty; her friends held themselves aloof, disgusted at what they termed her culpable weakness; she and her children suffered from cold and hunger; and during her subsequent illness she and they must have starved and frozen but for the public charities, that would not let anyone in our midst perish from want of necessary food and fuel.”
“And so the story goes, of all the organizations and institutions that have engaged in culpable activities, one is singled out for punishment by the Federal Government.”
“To me the only place the Feds are culpable is in the authorization of funds to build up the levees.”
“During the reign of the late king, the ark had been left in culpable neglect.”
“If allowing sin to enter creation makes God "culpable" -- well, it can't be said He hasn't suffered for it ...”
“If allowing sin to enter creation makes God" culpable "-- well, it can't be said He hasn't suffered for it ...”
“Still, though, the head of the investigation said there was no evidence of deliberate distortion or what Lord Butler called culpable negligence.”
“Added to this culpable failure to take action long ago, I feel bound to say that there is an additional factor behind this tragic debacle, namely a culpable incompetence.”
“Thus, disease, accident, or unemployment might be due to immorality or intemperance in the more or less distant, past; and what is now classified as culpable inefficiency or shiftlessness might be ultimately traceable to prolonged unemployment.”
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