in·​cul·​pate | \ in-ˈkəl-ˌpāt , ˈin-(ˌ)kəl-\
inculpated; inculpating

Definition of inculpate

transitive verb

: to impute guilt to : incriminate

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inculpation \ ˌin-​(ˌ)kəl-​ˈpā-​shən \ 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.

First Known Use of inculpate

1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inculpate

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

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