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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.
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Related forms
nonculpability, noun
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  • But the culpability of family members is not always so clear cut.
  • Delta settled out of court, but has not admitted culpability.
  • It's not about hiding misconduct or culpability but avoiding the fickle inclinations of the market.
  • More often than not, suits are settled as a matter of economic efficiency, not police culpability.
  • Mistakes were made, he says, without offering an apology or a hint of culpability.
  • Controversy is also brewing over the culpability of the government.
  • Those who speak in terms of moral clarity fail to see how innocence and culpability can wear the same face.
  • As in so many other cases, the real culpability lies elsewhere.
  • But blaming the system for cheating ignores the culpability of the students themselves.
  • Their culpability comes from promoting counter-insurgency.
Word Origin and History for culpability
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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