theft·​bote | \ ˈtheftˌbōt \
plural -s

Definition of theftbote

old English & Scots law
: the offense of agreeing to receive stolen goods or a compensation from a thief whether by the owner by way of composition or by a judge as an inducement for conniving at the escape of the thief from punishment

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History and Etymology for theftbote

alteration of thefbote, from Middle English, from thef thief + bote compensation (help)

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“Theftbote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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