in·​cul·​pate in-ˈkəl-ˌpāt How to pronounce inculpate (audio)
inculpated; inculpating

transitive verb

: to impute guilt to : incriminate
inculpation noun

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Inculpate is the opposite of exculpate, just as inculpatory evidence is the opposite of exculpatory evidence. By inculpating someone else, an accused person may manage to exculpate himself. Through plea bargaining, the prosecution can often encourage a defendant to inculpate his friends in return for a lighter sentence.

Examples of inculpate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the years, Pearcy has given numerous different accounts of the crime — at times blaming Dailey and other times inculpating himself. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, 13 Feb. 2012

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Word History


Late Latin inculpatus, from Latin in- + culpatus, past participle of culpare to blame, from culpa guilt

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inculpate was in 1799

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“Inculpate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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