inculpate

[in-kuhl-peyt, in-kuhl-peyt]
verb (used with object), inculpated, inculpating.
1.
to charge with fault; blame; accuse.
2.
to involve in a charge; incriminate.

Origin:
1790–1800; < Late Latin inculpātus past participle of inculpāre to blame, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + culp(a) fault + -ātus -ate1; cf. culpable

inculpation, noun
inculpatory [in-kuhl-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective

1. exculpate, exonerate, inculpate ; 2. exculpatory, inculpatory.


1, 2. exonerate.
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inculpate (ˈɪnkʌlˌpeɪt, ɪnˈkʌlpeɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to incriminate; cause blame to be imputed to
 
[C18: from Late Latin inculpāre, from Latin culpāre to blame, from culpa fault, blame]
 
incul'pation
 
n
 
inculpative
 
adj
 
inculpatory
 
adj

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inculpate
1799, "to accuse, bring charges against," from M.L. inculpatus, pp. of inculpare "to reproach, blame, censure," from L. in- "in" + culpare "to blame," from culpa "fault." But inculpable (1491) means "not culpable, free from blame," from L. in- "not" + culpare.
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Example sentences
Evidence is prejudicial because it tends to inculpate defendant.
In fact, the codefendant's guilty plea would have likely tended to inculpate defendant.
Evidence tending to inculpate the defendant always carries with it some prejudice.
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