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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: coupable, from Latin culpabilis, from culpare 'to blame', from culpa 'guilt'

culpable

adjective
     
Related topics: Crime
cul‧pa‧ble
1 formal deserving blame:
Both parties were held to be to some extent culpable.
2 lawSCC a culpable action is one that is considered criminal
culpable homicide/negligence etc
He pleaded guilty to culpable homicide.
culpably adverb
culpability noun [uncountable]

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