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Culpable

Blameworthy; involving the commission of a fault or the breach of a duty imposed by law.

Culpability generally implies that an act performed is wrong but does not involve any evil intent by the wrongdoer. The connotation of the term is fault rather than malice or a guilty purpose. It has limited significance in Criminal Law except in cases of reckless Homicide in which a person acts negligently or demonstrates a reckless disregard for life, which results in another person's death. In general, however, culpability has milder connotations. It is used to mean reprehensible rather than wantonly or grossly negligent behavior. Culpable conduct may be wrong but it is not necessarily criminal.

Culpable ignorance is the lack of knowledge or understanding that results from the omission of ordinary care to acquire such knowledge or understanding.

culpable

adj. sufficiently responsible for criminal acts or negligence to be at fault and liable for the conduct. Sometimes culpability rests on whether the person realized the wrongful nature of his/her actions and thus should take the blame.

culpable

adjective accusable, at fault, blamable, blameworthy, censurable, chargeable, condemnable, criminal, criminous, culpandus, delinquent, deservvng blame, deserving censure, discreditable, dishonest, dissolute, encroaching, felonious, guilty, having violated the law, improper, in error, in the wrong, indictable, indiscreet, lawbreaking, lawless, meriting censure, meriting condemnation, misdemeanant, peccant, punishable, transgressing, unrighteous, worthy of blame, wrong
See also: at fault, blameful, blameworthy, contemptible, delinquent, disobedient, felonious, guilty, iniquitous, peccable, reprehensible, reprobate, sinister, unjustifiable
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Most culpably, a chance to impose immediate pressure was squandered when Kim Barnett, on a pair, jabbed Vasbert Drakes' fifth ball to short-leg but Michael Powell failed to hang on.
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Hewitt, who was 16 at the time, yesterday admitted culpably and recklessly discharging a firearm.
Open tender for the supply of spare parts for cars fiat for PCC in GdanskPurchaser excludes from the award of the contract the contractor that within 3 years prior to the initiation of proceedings, culpably seriously violated professional duties, in particular if the contractor as a result of deliberate action or gross negligence failed to perform or improperly executed orders, as the contracting entity is able demonstrated by any means of evidence, if the contracting foresaw the possibility of excluding the contractor in the contract notice, in the terms of the contract or in the invitation to negotiate.
Ali , of Pitlochry, admitted culpably and recklessly firing the airgun and injuring Steven.
District Judge Tan Ikram, at Westminster magistrates court, told him: "You culpably neglected or wilfully refused to pay this sum.
This paper argues that (i) and (ii) are inconsistent with the popular belief that, other things being equal, when people culpably do very wrong or bad acts, they ought to be punished for this--even if they have repented, are now virtuous, and punishing them would benefit no one.
The decision to commit someone to prison is taken by magistrates, who must be satisfied that a parent has wilfully refused or culpably neglected to meet their financial responsibilities.
Jayawardene was dropped four times - twice by Anderson and twice too, more culpably, by Monty Panesar.
However, Anderson, who himself put down two chances with spinner Monty Panesar -- more culpably -- bombing the others, insisted England were more than happy heading into the second day after being asked to bowl by their rivals.
Sheriff Joyce Powrie, who heard the case, told Sinclair: "You have willfully refused or been culpably negligent in failing to pay the sums due.
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