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suborn

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transitive verb sub·orn \sə-ˈbȯrn\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of suborn

  1. 1 :  to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing

  2. 2 :  to induce to commit perjury; also :  to obtain (perjured testimony) from a witness

subornation

play \ˌsə-ˌbȯr-ˈnā-shən\ noun

suborner

noun

Examples of suborn in a sentence

  1. He's accused of suborning a witness.



Did You Know?

The Latin word that gave us suborn in the early part of the 16th century is subornare, which translates literally as "to secretly furnish or equip." The sub- that brings the "secretly" meaning to subornare more commonly means "under" or "below," but it has its stealthy denotation in the etymologies of several other English words, including surreptitious (from sub- and rapere, meaning "to seize") and the verb suspect (from sub- or sus- and specere, meaning "to look at"). The ornare of subornare is also at work in the words ornate, adorn, and ornament.

Origin and Etymology of suborn

Middle French suborner, from Latin subornare, from sub- secretly + ornare to furnish, equip — more at ornate


First Known Use: 1534


Law Dictionary

suborn

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transitive verb sub·orn \sə-ˈbȯrn\

Legal Definition of suborn

  1. 1 :  to induce or procure to commit an unlawful act and especially perjury <an attempt to suborn a witness>

  2. 2 :  to induce (perjury) or obtain (perjured testimony) from a witness <an attorney and his client were jointly charged with suborning perjury and perjury, respectively — W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel>

suborner

noun


Origin and Etymology of suborn

Latin subornare, from sub- secretly + ornare to prepare, equip


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