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Legal Terminology 
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (at fault)
a. guilty
Me siento tan culpable por olvidarme de tu cumpleaños.I feel so guilty about forgetting your birthday.
b. culpable
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g., usted).
La evidencia presentada demuestra que el Sr. Jones es culpable de fraude.The evidence presented proves that Mr. Jones is culpable of fraud.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
2. (criminal)
a. guilty party
El culpable cumplirá una sentencia de diez años.The guilty party will serve a ten-year sentence.
b. culprit
El culpable de este crimen pagará; se lo juro.The culprit of this crime will pay; I swear.
3. (person at fault)
a. person to blame
Eres el culpable de toda esta confusión.You are the person to blame for all this confusion.
b. person responsible
Los culpables del accidente deben declararse.The people responsible for the accident should come forward.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. guilty
declarar culpable a alguiento find somebody guilty
declararse culpableto plead guilty
es culpable de varios roboshe is responsible for o has committed several robberies
me siento culpable de lo que pasóI feel responsible for what has happened
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (law)
a. guilty party
la policía busca al culpable del robothe police are loking for the person responsible for the robbery
3. (responsable)
tú eres el culpableyou're to blame
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1 [+persona] guilty
confesarse culpable to plead guilty; declarar culpable a algn to find sb guilty; la persona culpable the person to blame o at fault; the culpable person (formal); (Jur) the guilty person; the culprit
2 [+acto] blameworthy
con descuido culpable with culpable negligence (formal)
1 (responsable) person to blame; person at fault
2 (Jur) (responsable de un delito) culprit; (condenado por un delito) offender; guilty party
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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