abet
To give aid, to assist, especially in the commission of a criminal offense. To exertion of a force, physical or moral, joined with that of another in the perpetration of a criminal offense. Anno: 5 ALR 786. Although there are some offenses which are so defined by statute or by common law that they may be committed only by certain persons or classes of persons, nevertheless a person not within the class of those by whom the crime may be directly perpetrated may, by aiding and abetting a person who is within the scope of the definition, render himself criminally liable. Anno: 131 ALR 1322. See accessory; accomplice; aiding and abetting.

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  • abet — /ə bet/ vt abet·ted, abet·ting: to assist, encourage, instigate, or support with criminal intent in attempting or carrying out a crime often used in the phrase aid and abet abet·ment n abet·tor also abet·ter /ə be tər/ n Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • Abet — A*bet , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abetted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abetting}.] [OF. abeter; a (L. ad) + beter to bait (as a bear), fr. Icel. beita to set dogs on, to feed, originally, to cause to bite, fr. Icel. b[=i]ta to bite, hence to bait, to incite.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abet — abet; abet·ment; abet·tor; abet·ter; …   English syllables

  • Abet — A*bet , n. [OF. abet, fr. abeter.] Act of abetting; aid. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abet — may refer to:* Abet Guidaben (20th century), former Philippine Basketball Association basketball player * Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, a non profit organizationee also* Abettor …   Wikipedia

  • abet — ► VERB (abetted, abetting) (usu. in phrase aid and abet) ▪ encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong, in particular to commit a crime. DERIVATIVES abetment noun abetter (also abettor) noun. ORIGIN Old French abeter, from be …   English terms dictionary

  • abet — (v.) late 14c. (implied in abetting), from O.Fr. abeter to bait, to harass with dogs, lit. to cause to bite, from a to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + beter to bait, from a Germanic source, perhaps Low Franconian betan incite, or O.N. beita cause to bite,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abet — *incite, foment, instigate Analogous words: aid, assist, *help: back, *support, uphold: cooperate, concur (see UNITE): forward, further, promote (see ADVANCE) Antonyms: deter (with a personal subject) Contrasted words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abet — [v] assist, help in wrongdoing advocate, back, condone, egg on*, encourage, endorse, goad, incite, instigate, prod, promote, provoke, sanction, spur, support, urge; concepts 14,110 Ant. counter, deter, discourage, frustrate, hinder, hurt, impede …   New thesaurus

  • abet — [ə bet′] vt. abetted, abetting [ME abetten < OFr abeter, to incite < a , to + beter, to bait < ON beita: see BAIT] to incite, sanction, or help, esp. in wrongdoing abetment n. abettor n. abetter …   English World dictionary

  • abet — v. (formal) (D; tr.) to abet in (to abet smb. in doing smt.; to aid and abet smb. in doing smt.) * * * [ə bet] (formal) (D; tr.) to abet in (to abet smb. in doing smt.; to aid and abet smb. in doing smt.) …   Combinatory dictionary

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