in·​cul·​pa·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈkəl-pə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inculpatory (audio) \

Definition of inculpatory

: implying or imputing guilt : tending to incriminate or inculpate an inculpatory statement

Examples of inculpatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web David Diaz-Jogeix of freedom of expression organization Article 19 said, echoing a major argument by the defense lawyers, who say the indictment lacks inculpatory evidence. Washington Post, "Civil society figures back in court in Turkey protest trial," 18 Feb. 2020 After Wilkes published an especially stinging pamphlet, his home was raided for inculpatory papers. Fortune, "How the Justice Department’s Facebook Subpoenas Threaten Free Speech," 11 Oct. 2017 In that instance, the judge was directed to let the state continue questioning uncooperative co-defendant Steven Bradley in order to lay a foundation to introduce an inculpatory statement given to police in 2014. Ken Daley,, "Mistrial ruling overturned in Reserve couple drownings case," 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of inculpatory

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Inculpatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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in·​cul·​pa·​to·​ry | \ in-ˈkəl-pə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce inculpatory (audio) \

Legal Definition of inculpatory

: incriminating made inculpatory statements to the police — compare exculpatory

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