Simple Definition of suborn
: to persuade (someone) to do something illegal (such as to lie in a court of law)
: to get (false testimony) from a witness
Full Definition of suborn
1 : to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing
2 : to induce to commit perjury; also : to obtain (perjured testimony) from a witness
Examples of suborn
He's accused of suborning a witness.
Origin of suborn
Middle French suborner, from Latin subornare, from sub- secretly + ornare to furnish, equip — more at ornate
First Known Use: 1534
Rhymes with suborn
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