self-in·​crim·​i·​nat·​ing ˌself-in-ˈkri-mə-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce self-incriminating (audio)
: serving or tending to incriminate oneself

Examples of self-incriminating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elena Vazquez handed out business cards printed in English and Spanish with the 4th and 5th amendments, which protect against unlawful searches and self-incriminating testimony. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-incriminating was in 1862

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“Self-incriminating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition


: tending to incriminate oneself
a self-incriminating statement
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