Definition of inculpate in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈkəlpāt/
Pronunciation: /ˈinkəlˌpāt/


[with object] archaic
1Accuse or blame.
Example sentences
  • Allen's videotaped statement containing the material inculpating his mother was played twice before the jury.
  • The most likely motives to cause one to falsely inculpate another are currying favor, revenge, and exculpation.
  • This is not unusual, because everyone accused is offered the chance to reduce his sentence by inculpating someone else.
1.1Incriminate: someone placed the pistol in your room in order to inculpate you
More example sentences
  • 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 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌinkəlˈpāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Hence the legislature determined to prevent the enactment, if not used by the prisoner, from being employed as a means of inculpation.
  • Husband Craig countered with indignant remonstrations and two-fisted inculpations of his own in court filings last week.
  • It is open to argument, too, that the effect of Jemery's statement on the defendant was heightened by Jemery's removal from the case upon acceptance of his plea, as the jury might thereupon assume Jemery's guilt and incline to take his confession to be a truthful inculpation of the defendant.


Pronunciation: /inˈkəlpəˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • It follows that the principle as enunciated in Sharp is that both the inculpatory and exculpatory parts of a mixed statement are admissible as evidence of their truth.
  • She lied about the involvement of Mr Whitton in the robbery and it was an essential part of the defence case that her involvement tainted her evidence to the extent that she could not be relied upon in respect of the inculpatory material.
  • On August 19, 2002, she gave an inculpatory statement to the police. She has been in custody since that date, a total of seventeen months.


Late 18th century: from late Latin inculpat- 'made culpable', from the verb inculpare, from in- 'upon, toward' + culpare 'to blame' (from culpa 'fault').

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Syllabification: in·cul·pate

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