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Deserving of blame or censure; blameworthy: "Rajiv's getting remarried without the divorce papers meant that he was equally culpable and that no one would be taking anyone to court" (Samrat Upadhyay).

[Middle English coupable, from Old French, from Latin culpābilis, from culpāre, to blame, from culpa, fault.]

cul′pa·bil′i·ty n.
cul′pa·bly adv.
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Adv.1.culpably - in a manner or to a degree deserving blame or censure
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I was now seeing David once at least every week, his mother, who remained culpably obtuse to my sinister design, having instructed Irene that I was to be allowed to share him with her, and we had become close friends, though the little nurse was ever a threatening shadow in the background.
If the lad swore, he wouldn't correct him: nor however culpably he behaved.
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Meldrum, from Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, admitted to culpably and recklessly and with utter disregard for the occupants, throwing the traffic cone through the window of the property in Wallace Crescent, Plean, in September last year.
Appearing at Ayr Sheriff Court last week, Halkett admitted recklessly and culpably trying to light up after immediately disembarking from the plane.
It states that "while employed as a social care worker by Orkney Islands Council at St Rognvalds House and St Peter's House you did culpably and recklessly allow AA, aged 13 years, to access a powdered substance which you believed to contain MDMA, a Class A drug, resulting in AA consuming said drug and thus exposing her to possible injury as a consequence of consuming said drug.
The complainants also accused Morales of culpably violating the Constitution and betrayed public trust for 'failing to act promptly on complaints' against those implicated for the death of the SAF-44.
The abject surrender of this Labour council to Tory attacks on services is more than embarrassing; it is culpably abandoning the very people who elected them.
The exchange of electrical wiring in the building usable in accordance with the construction project developed by Robert Wrona June 2015 the bill of quantities and technical specification of the workmanship and the receipt of work, which are an integral part siwz Employer excluded from the award of the contract the Contractor, who during the three years prior to the initiation of proceedings, culpably seriously violated professional duties, in particular, the Contractor as a result of deliberate action or gross negligence failed to perform or improperly performed the order, which the customer is can demonstrate by any means of evidence
One challenge notes that we do not need tracing to blame culpably incapacitated agents.
District Judge Tan Ikram, at Westminster magistrates court, told him: "You culpably neglected or wilfully refused to pay this sum.