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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.
Daniel Wemyss, of Ashwood Grove, Inverness, admitted culpably and recklessly throwing a glass at a fellow Johnny Foxes customer on February 10 this year.
He pled guilty to culpably and recklessly throwing the boy to his severe injury and to the danger of his life on June 5, 2017.
Cameron previously pled guilty to culpably and recklessly repeatedly throwing mugs, tins, glass bottles and a cooking pot from the 11th storey window towards people on the ground, damaging a car.
Edcel Lagman on Tuesday also assailed the 'uncalled for, patently disrespectful and culpably crude' insults leveled by Locsin against Robredo.
Harry Osey, 64, from Wigan, pleaded not guilty to driving dangerously in January and also denied an alternative charge of culpably and recklessly causing the lorry to mount the verge.
In her statement, PML-N spokesperson stated that NAB has been repeatedly informed about the seriousness of the matter but the recommendations for the formation of a nine-member medical bunch delay culpably.
Prosecutors claim Pollock, 19, crashed the vehicle while culpably and recklessly driving it "without regard for the roadway layout."
He admitted culpably and recklessly smashing the window, to the danger of two officers who had been working close to it.
The boy is said to have been taken to Ninewells Hospital, where the woman is alleged to have "culpably and recklessly caused further unnecessary suffering or injury" to the boy.
The 30-year-old's not guilty plea to a charge of culpably and recklessly failing to disclose to two police officers on Bridgehaugh Road that he had been in possession of an unguarded hypodermic syringe with needle, exposing them to the risk of injury and infection, was accepted by the Crown.