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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

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

sub·or·na·tion play \ˌsə-ˌbȯr-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


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