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adj. guilt·ier, guilt·iest
a. Responsible for a reprehensible act; culpable.
b. Law Found to have violated a criminal law by a jury or judge.
c. Deserving blame, as for an error: guilty of misjudgment.
2. Suffering from or prompted by a sense of guilt: a guilty conscience.

guilt′i·ly adv.
guilt′i·ness n.
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Q. I feel guilty about my health caring.Can things I do (or not do) as parent, cause autism in my child? I am a parent who is planning to send my child to school for the first time. : I feel guilty about my health caring. Can things I do (or not do) as parent, cause autism in my child?

A. If everyone feels guilty like you about their health, then this whole earth will hold perfect humans with complete health. I wish you the same. Autism is a biomedical disorder. We don't know if there are any things that a parent can do or not do, conclusively, will determine whether their child gets autism or not. In fact, there is no association with anything that a parent can do and their child ending up with autism. Most of the evidence right now points to there being a very strong genetic predisposition in most cases of autism, but not all.

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However, Wedberg informs us that in other cases in which the throwing of dice decided who should be executed, the public perceived I that the guiltiest individual was singled out by the dice and that God guided the outcome of the game so that true justice was attained.
"In what may be a major disconnect between perception and behavior, the study also shows that consumers who feel the guiltiest about their impact--those in China, India and Brazil--actually lead the pack in sustainable consumer choices," says National Geographic's Terry Garcia, who coordinates the annual Greendex study.
The on-field failure was fueled mostly by a collapse of the pitching staff, with Bard being the guiltiest party in the bullpen and the other three being the biggest reasons things fell apart in the starting rotation.
If you've never shot divers from a layout boat in open water, you're missing out on one of duck hunting's guiltiest pleasures.
Somewhere in Africa, the guiltiest of the people who appear to have no truck with history are politicians, especially the opposition type, those who aspire to leadership, and not just any leadership, but the presidency!
Long prison sentences were freely handed out and a couple of the guiltiest culprits were eventually tried and executed for their role, measures that gradually assuaged popular anger.
If our witness to Christ's resurrection is to be consistent, we must oppose any obstacle to that reconciliation, including the murder of even the guiltiest of those made in God's image and likeness.
College presidents are usually the guiltiest parties, since they are in the best position to authorize expenditures, and many are more than happy to use school funds to burnish their own images.
The Democrats blew a golden opportunity: health care reform should have included cracking down on the two guiltiest parties: the drug companies and the AMA-backed specialists.
One of the essayists, Martin van Creveld, is the guiltiest party.
I was probably the guiltiest person I've ever defended!" His socialism - he was nicknamed Red Wilson by fellow soldiers - often led to uneasy relationship with officers.
We, as Americans, are the guiltiest of overusing products, and I believe this is because of lack of awareness.