Implicate

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Negative ConnotationPlay
Implying guilt or responsibility, often without direct proof, and usually in negative situations. SlideThe rumors implicated him in the fraud scandal, although he denied it.
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Common in legal contexts to suggest involvement in crime or wrongdoing. SlideWitnesses implicated the suspect during the trial.
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Used to suggest someone's involvement indirectly, allowing for some doubt. SlideThe report doesn't directly blame him but implicates his policies.