Origin of culpablealtered, modeled on Classical Latin from Middle English coupable from Old French from Classical Latin culpabilis from culpa, crime, fault, blame
The definition of culpable is deserving of blame.
An example of culpable is a person who has committed a wrongdoing.
Deserving of blame or censure; blameworthy: “Rajiv's getting remarried without the divorce papers meant that he was equally culpable and that no one would be taking anyone to court” ( Samrat Upadhyay )
Origin of culpableMiddle English coupable from Old French from Latin culpābilis from culpāre to blame from culpa fault
(comparative more culpable, superlative most culpable)
- Much as we believe he's culpable, we don't have any hard evidence.
- We are both culpable for sending the only innocent soul either of us has ever known to Hell.
- I don't think he feels I'm culpable of a crime but he knows I'm holding back on him.
- Compensation in respect of injury or death is not paid if the accident was brought about through the culpable negligence or other delict of the insured.
- There is no question of the legality of the pope's act; whether he was morally culpable, however, continues to be a matter of bitter controversy.