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Regarding; concerning: "This question remains a vital consideration anent the debate over the possibility of limiting nuclear war to military objectives" (New York Times).

[Middle English, from Old English onefn, near : on, on; see on + efn, even.]
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1. lying against; alongside
2. concerning; about
[Old English on efen, literally: on even (ground)]
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in regard to; about; concerning.
[before 900; Middle English variant of anen, Old English on emn, on efen on even1 (ground)]
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