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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.
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noun help, backing, support, aid, assistance, encouragement, abetment, abettal They see blasphemy - and the abetting of it - as a most serious crime.
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I wish to set before you, honourably, the exact consequences - so far as they are within my knowledge - of your abetting him in this appeal.
You may possibly have some idea, Miss Trotwood, of abetting him in his running away, and in his complaints to you.
With that he took Mrs Varden's hand again, and having pressed it to his lips with the highflown gallantry of the day--a little burlesqued to render it the more striking in the good lady's unaccustomed eyes--proceeded in the same strain of mingled sophistry, cajolery, and flattery, to entreat that her utmost influence might be exerted to restrain her husband and daughter from any further promotion of Edward's suit to Miss Haredale, and from aiding or abetting either party in any way.
Washington, and new methods of aiding and abetting good King George.
I pray you by Jove and Themis, who is the beginning and the end of councils, [do not] hold back, my friends, and leave me singlehanded {18}--unless it be that my brave father Ulysses did some wrong to the Achaeans which you would now avenge on me, by aiding and abetting these suitors.
As I had anticipated, when I came to a conclusion, and consequently allowed her an opportunity of saying a few words, she affected to be extremely shocked and surprised at hearing of the nature of her master's pursuits, and reproached me in terms of the most vehement and virtuous indignation for incurring the guilt of abetting them, even though I had done so from the very excusable motive of saving my own life.
The case was lodged under sections 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against Pakistan), 123-A (condemnation of the creation of the state and advocacy of abolition of its sovereignty), 124-A (sedition) and 109 (abetment) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of Anti-terrorism Act at the SITE Superhighway Industrial Area police station.
The statement came days after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte asked about the possibility of Hontiveros abetting rebellion.
Rickenbach was eventually charged with five more felonies, including bank fraud and aiding and abetting false entries.
MOHMAND AGENCY -- Tribal Peace Committee of Shinwari and Safi clans demolished houses of three tribesmen on charges of abetting militants, in Koos Chamarkand areas of Mohmand Agency here Tuesday.
The DNRDCeofficial denies forging documents, using forged documents and criminal abetting.
the NH Supreme Court ruled, for the first time, that individual employees can be held personally liable for aiding and abetting workplace discrimination or engaging in retaliatory conduct under New Hampshire's Law Against Discrimination.