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abet

Legal Definition of abet

Noun

  1. The act of encouraging or inciting another to do a certain thing, such as a crime

    Example: Many countries will equally punish a person who aids or abets another to commit a crime.

Definition of abet

Etymology

  • From Old French abeter from - + beter ("to bait an animal"), from Old Norse beita ("to cause to bite"), hence to bait, to incite; compare Icelandic beita ("to set dogs on", "to feed"). This in turn was derived from Proto-Germanic *baitjan, from Proto-Indo-European *bheid- ("to split").

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /əˈbɛt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛt

Verb

to abet (third-person singular simple present abets, present participle abetting, simple past and past participle abetted)

  1. (transitive) To assist or encourage by aid or countenance, especially in crime.<br/>
    He plans to abet an ill-doer.
    He plans to abet in his wicked courses.
    He plans to abet vice.
    He plans to abet an insurrection.
    The robber's friend will abet by providing the escape car.
    • South: The whole tribe abets the villany.
    • Gay: Would not the fool abet the stealth, Who rashly thus exposed his wealth?
  2. (transitive) To support, countenance, maintain, uphold, or aid any cause, opinion, or action; to maintain; -- (Obsolete) in a good sense.
  3. (transitive) To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain.
    • Jer. Taylor: Our duty is urged, and our confidence abetted.
  4. (obsolete) To urge on, stimulate (a person to do something) - first known use 1390
  5. (obsolete) To back up one's forecast of a doubtful issue, by staking money, etc., to bet.

Synonyms

  • (to instigate or encourage by aid or countenance): incite; instigate; set on; egg on; foment; advocate; countenance; encourage; second; uphold; aid; assist; support; sustain; back; connive at.

Noun

abet (plural abets)

  1. (obsolete) An act of abetting; of helping; of giving aid.

Shorthand

  • Gregg (Version: Centennial, Series 90, DJS, Simplified, Anniversary, Pre-Anniversary): a - b - e - t

Anagrams

  • Alphagram: abet
  • bate
  • beat
  • beta, Beta

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

Translation of abet in Malay

  1. bersubahat



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