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culpability

[kuhl-puh-bil-i-tee] /ˌkʌl pəˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
guilt or blame that is deserved; blameworthiness.
Sometimes, culpableness.
Origin
Related forms
nonculpability, noun

culpable

[kuhl-puh-buh l] /ˈkʌl pə bəl/
adjective
1.
deserving blame or censure; blameworthy.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin culpābilis, equivalent to culpā(re) to hold liable (derivative of culpa blame) + -bilis -ble; replacing Middle English coupable < Middle French < Latin as above
Related forms
culpability, culpableness, noun
culpably, adverb
nonculpable, adjective
nonculpableness, noun
nonculpably, adverb
unculpable, adjective
Synonyms
reprehensible.
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British Dictionary definitions for culpableness

culpable

/ˈkʌlpəbəl/
adjective
1.
deserving censure; blameworthy
Derived Forms
culpability, culpableness, noun
culpably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French coupable, from Latin culpābilis, from culpāre to blame, from culpa fault
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Word Origin and History for culpableness

culpable

adj.

late 13c., coupable, from Old French coupable (12c., Modern French coupable), from Latin culpabilis "worthy of blame," from culpare "to blame," from culpa "crime, fault, blame, guilt, error." English (and for a time French) restored the first Latin -l- in later Middle Ages.

culpability

n.

1670s, from Late Latin culpabilitas "guilt, culpability," from Latin culpabilis (see culpable).

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