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English definition of “self-incrimination”

self-incrimination

noun [U] uk   /ˌself.ɪn.krɪm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us  
saying or doing something that shows that you are guilty of a crime: A witness can legally refuse to give evidence to avoid self-incrimination.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
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