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1. A calculated misrepresentation through concealment of the facts.
2. An inference drawn from such a misrepresentation.

[Late Latin subreptiō, subreptiōn-, from Latin, theft, from subreptus, past participle of surripere, subripere, to take away secretly; see surreptitious.]

sub′rep·ti′tious (-tĭsh′əs) adj.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) rare the concealment of facts in order to obtain a benefit, esp an ecclesiastical benefit or, in Scots law, a grant from the Crown. Compare obreption
2. any deceitful misrepresentation or concealment of facts
[C17: from Latin subreptiō theft, from subripere, from sub- secretly + rapere to seize]
subreptitious, subreptive adj


(səbˈrɛp ʃən)

1. Canon Law. a concealment of the facts in a petition, as for dispensation or favor, that in certain cases nullifies the grant.
2. Law. concealment or misrepresentation of facts.
[1590–1600; < Latin subreptiō the act of stealing =subrep-, variant s. of subripere to steal (sub- sub- + -ripere, comb. form of rapere to seize, rape1) + -tiō -tion]
sub•rep•ti•tious (ˌsʌb rɛpˈtɪʃ əs) adj.
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