V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: deserving blame or punishment for a wrong

Synonyms: guilty, blameworthy, answerable, at fault, liable, accountable

Antonyms: innocent, blameless

Tips: Culpable comes from the Latin word culpa, "guilt." To be culpable is to be guilty of or responsible for something. The word is always used in relation to a crime or misdeed. The noun culpability denotes guilt. The Latin term, mea culpa, often used in English conversation, means "my fault," and someone saying this is taking the blame or responsibility for a mistake. Culpable is a more sophisticated way of saying "guilty or worthy of blame."

Usage Examples:

I submit that my client is not culpable in this matter, as he was nowhere near the scene at the time the crime took place. (guilty, liable)

No one doubted his culpability in the crime, but the mobster managed to avoid jail on a technicality. (guilt, blameworthiness) noun

Although the man was convicted for the crime, he still maintains that he is not culpable. (guilty)

The first thing I want to say about this failed project is that we are all culpable; now let's talk about how we can get it back on course. (guilty, to blame)

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