in·​cul·​pa·​to·​ry in-ˈkəl-pə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inculpatory (audio)
: 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, 18 Feb. 2020 After Wilkes published an especially stinging pamphlet, his home was raided for inculpatory papers. Fortune, 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,, 28 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inculpatory was in 1818

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“Inculpatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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in·​cul·​pa·​to·​ry in-ˈkəl-pə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce inculpatory (audio)
: incriminating
made inculpatory statements to the police
compare exculpatory

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