innuendo

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

From Latin innuere, "to nod toward." In law it means an indirect hint. In defamation cases, defendants sometimes use innuendo when making a comment about the person suing. For example, if there is only one living ex-mayor, the statement "the former mayor is a crook" uses innuendo.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.