guilt by association

Definition of guilt by association

: moral guilt or unfitness presumed to exist on the basis of one's known associations the doctrine of guilt by association has on occasion been used to brand as currently disloyal persons who at some past time had been members of an organization not known to be or considered subversive at the time they were members

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“Guilt by association.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guilt%20by%20association. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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