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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.


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.


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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In the court at Dumfries, Ian Adam, 50, of Cadgill Road, Gretna, admitted culpably and recklessly discharging the air pistol while gesticulating and causing the pellet to discharge in the other man's direction narrowly avoiding him to his danger.
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Gadon cited as grounds of impeachment alleged transgressions by Sereno showing that she culpably violated the Constitution, betrayed the public trust, committed corrupt practices and other high crimes.
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At an earlier hearing he admitted culpably and recklessly causing his victim's clothes to ignite.