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tr.v. a·bet·ted, a·bet·ting, a·bets
1. To approve, encourage, and support (an action or a plan of action); urge and help on.
2. To urge, encourage, or help (a person): abetted the thief in robbing the bank.

[Middle English abetten, from Old French abeter, to entice : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + beter, to bait; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.]

a·bet′ment n.
a·bet′tor, a·bet′ter n.

abetment, abettal

the act of abetting or inciting another to commit a crime. — abettor, abetter, n.
See also: Aid
the act of abetting or inciting another to commit a crime. — abettor, abetter, n.
See also: Crime
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abetment - the verbal act of urging onabetment - the verbal act of urging on    
encouragement - the expression of approval and support


The act or an instance of helping:


[əˈbetmənt] Nincitación f, instigación f (Jur) → complicidad f


, abettal
(= support)Hilfe f, → Unterstützung f
(Jur) → Beihilfe f, → Vorschub m
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