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adj. blame·wor·thi·er, blame·wor·thi·est
Responsible for doing wrong or causing undesirable effects; deserving blame: "Ignorance is usually a passive state, seldom deliberately sought or intrinsically blameworthy" (Richard Dawkins). "If you choose not to know something, especially if that something is something you should know, you are morally blameworthy" (Robert P. Lawry).

blame′wor′thi·ness n.
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Noun1.blameworthiness - a state of guiltblameworthiness - a state of guilt      
guilt, guiltiness - the state of having committed an offense
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Simmons in 2005, when the court's ruling stated, "Retribution is not proportional if the law's most severe penalty is imposed on one whose culpability or blameworthiness is diminished to a substantial degree by reason of youth and immaturity."
In particular, Scott is adept at identifying the narrator's blindness to his own blameworthiness, as in 'Le Gateau' and 'La Fausse Monnaie' (in which, incidentally, she takes Derrida successfully to task), and she handles with great dexterity the problem of the flawed narrator whose pronouncements make it difficult or impossible to determine the poet's own stance.
The author asserts the need for a more normative approach, one which seeks to evaluate the moral blameworthiness of an act.
(37) </pre> <p>Proceduralism is always one way to ward off the fear of freedom, but it comes with a high cost, namely, a real incapacity to own responsibility for decisions taken within (or on behalf of) the demos, as perhaps the recent confusion about the extent of corruption and corresponding limits of blameworthiness in the Abu-Ghraib tortures suggests.
[Traditional learning maintains that liability for negligence is ultimately premised on notions of moral blameworthiness. It is thought that the legal principles which define the scope of negligence loosely conform to such notions.
The purpose of the recording and the extent of the employee's blameworthiness is relevant depending where the employee falls in the above three categories.
Problems underlying the LRA and its activities are vast in scope, and misunderstood if one concentrates on the blameworthiness of an individual.
conduct, blameworthiness, or future dangerousness--has already been
As Natapoff explains in Chapter Eight, the criminal law presupposes the "rule of law," based on "factual evidence" of guilt, tethered to "criminal blameworthiness" (p.
Public stigma often results in self- stigma as "Internalization of guilt, blameworthiness, desperateness, blame and fear of discrimination that is related with psychological disorders".2 It is well documented that individuals suffering from severe psychological ailments (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) are the ones that face public and feel internalized stigma.3,4
Other anti-oppression activists take a personalized approach, fixating on particular individuals' actions and blameworthiness. When the oppressor is described as a "system," the target of action may not be very clear.
This makes it impossible to escape the guilt associated with Empire, and Gwiazda points out that poets who criticize Empire also acknowledge their blameworthiness in relation to it.