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Incriminate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    incriminate v
  1. suggest that someone is guilty [syn: imply, inculpate]
  2. bring an accusation against; level a charge against; "He charged the man with spousal abuse" [syn: accuse, impeach, criminate]
Incriminate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Incriminate \In*crim"i*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Incriminated; p. pr. & vb. n. Incriminating.] [LL. incriminatus, p. p. of incriminare; in- in + criminare, criminari, to accuse one of a crime. See Criminate.] To accuse; to charge with a crime or fault; to criminate.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Incriminate'

Crime is the breach of rules or laws for which some governing authority (via mechanisms such as legal systems) can ultimately prescribe a conviction. Individual human societies may each define crime and crimes differently, in different localities (state, local, international), at different time stages of the so-called "crime" (planning, disclosure, supposedly intended, supposedly prepared, incompleted, completed or futuristically proclaimed after the "crime".

Most crimes are not reported, not recorded, not followed through, or not able to be proved.

While every crime violates the law, not every violation of the law counts as a crime; for example: breaches of contract and of other civil law may rank as "offences" or as "infractions". Modern societies generally regard crimes as offences against the public or the state, as distinguished from torts (offences against private parties that can give rise to a civil cause of action).

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