Definition of inculpate in English:



  • 1 Accuse or blame.

    ‘he blamed himself, but also inculpated his fiancée’
    • ‘The Tribunal further notes the contradictory statements made by the Applicant regarding his attempts to inculpate the Secretary.’
    • ‘The most likely motives to cause one to falsely inculpate another are currying favor, revenge, and exculpation.’
    • ‘We are unpersuaded by Jordan's complaint that he would have taken a different approach in cross-examining the clerk had he known that Scott would not recall inculpating him to the police.’
    • ‘Allen's videotaped statement containing the material inculpating his mother was played twice before the jury.’
    • ‘This is not unusual, because everyone accused is offered the chance to reduce his sentence by inculpating someone else.’
    1. 1.1Incriminate.
      ‘someone placed the pistol in your room in order to inculpate you’
      • ‘Mr Byrne, you would say that even if the applicant knew of the presence of these things, that does not necessarily inculpate him.’
      • ‘The only evidence inculpating him in the offence was that of a 17-year-old person who was declared a hostile witness at trial in order to extract the evidence inculpating him.’
      • ‘Each new detail is provided to exonerate administration officials but as often as not they tend rather to inculpate them.’
      • ‘The line trotted out to silence awkward civil libertarians is that DNA can be used to exculpate as well as inculpate suspects and that if you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to fear by giving a sample.’
      • ‘The question for financial institutions and private companies then becomes how to fight corruption, credit card fraud and money laundering without inculpating innocent consumers and violating procedural norms.’
      incriminate, compromise
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Late 18th century: from late Latin inculpat- made culpable, from the verb inculpare, from in- upon, towards + culpare to blame (from culpa fault).