abet

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verb \ə-ˈbet\

Definition of abet

abetted

;

abetting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to actively second and encourage (something, such as an activity or plan) abet the commission of a crime

  3. 2 :  to assist or support (someone) in the achievement of a purpose The singer was abetted by a skillful accompanist.; especially :  to assist, encourage, instigate, or support with criminal intent in attempting or carrying out a crime —often used in the phrase aid and abet accused of aiding and abetting a criminal

abetment

play \-mənt\ noun

abettor

or less commonly

abetter

play \ə-ˈbe-tər\ noun

Examples of abet in a sentence

  1. She abetted the thief in his getaway.

  2. Did he abet the commission of a crime?

  3. Their actions were shown to abet terrorism.

Origin and Etymology of abet

Middle English abetten, borrowed from Anglo-French abeter, from a-, prefix in transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + beter “to harass (a bear with dogs), bait,” borrowed from Old Low Franconian *bētan; akin to Old English bǣtan “to set upon (with animals), bait” — more at 1bait


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of abet

incite, instigate, abet, foment mean to spur to action. incite stresses a stirring up and urging on, and may or may not imply initiating. inciting a riot instigate definitely implies responsibility for initiating another's action and often connotes underhandedness or evil intention. instigated a conspiracy abet implies both assisting and encouraging. aiding and abetting the enemy foment implies persistence in goading. fomenting rebellion

Law Dictionary

abet

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transitive verb \ə-ˈbet\

Legal Definition of abet

abetted

abetting

  1. :  to assist, encourage, instigate, or support with criminal intent in attempting or carrying out a crime —often used in the phrase aid and abet

abetment

noun

abettor

also

abetter

\ə-ˈbe-tər\ play noun




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