transitive verb \sə-ˈbrn\

: 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

:  to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing
:  to induce to commit perjury; also :  to obtain (perjured testimony) from a witness
sub·or·na·tion \ˌsə-ˌbr-ˈnā-shən\ noun
sub·orn·er noun

Examples of SUBORN

  1. 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

Other Legal Terms

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