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Culpable, -abill, a. Also: -abile. [ME. culpable, -abil (a 1340), L. culpābilis.] Deserving of punishment, condemnation, or blame; guilty (of some offence, etc.).(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxxvi. 666.
Ilke manis lyf culpable it gert apere
Ib. xl. 975.
He … [was] with asyse culpable mad
1456 Hay I. 257/15.
Mannis lawe will never consent that … ane that is culpable pas unpunyst
c1500-c1512 Dunb. ix. 55.
Aganis thir preceptis culpable knaw I me
1519 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 81.
Gif ony … beis fundin culpable or failȝeis in executioun of thair office
1561 Reg. Privy C. I. 169.
The names of the personis culpable of thift
1592 Warrender P. II. 168.
Sic others as ar suspect to be … na lesse culpable then thame selfes
(b) 1552–3 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 177.
The haill broustaris of this burgh, … ar fund culpabill of the statutis of this burgh
1560 Rolland Seven S. 7571.
Gif thow be kend in that same [fault] culpabill
a1578 Pitsc. II. 310/5.
The Earle of Argyle … himselff being culpabill … depairtit of this presentt lyff verrie haistelie
(a1570-86 Dunb.) Maitl. F. ix. 22.
Punes him for his deid culpabile
1622-6 Bisset I. 99/22.
Everie ane of ȝow, quha salbe culpabill heirin

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