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tr.v. sub·orned, sub·orn·ing, sub·orns
1. To induce (a person) to commit an unlawful or evil act.
a. To procure (perjured testimony): suborn perjury.
b. To induce (a person) to commit perjury.
sub′or·na′tion (sŭb′ôr-nā′shən) n.
1. to bribe, incite, or instigate (a person) to commit a wrongful act
2. (Law) criminal law to induce (a witness) to commit perjury
[C16: from Latin subornāre, from sub- secretly + ornāre to furnish]
1. to induce, as by bribe, to commit a crime.
a. to induce (a person, esp. a witness) to give false testimony.
b. to obtain (false testimony) from a witness.
[1525–35; < Latin subōrnāre to instigate secretly, orig., to supply =sub- sub- + ōrnāre to equip]
sub•or•na•tion (ˌsʌb ɔrˈneɪ ʃən) n.
Past participle: suborned
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|Verb||1.||suborn - incite to commit a crime or an evil deed; "He suborned his butler to cover up the murder of his wife"|
corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, vitiate, subvert - corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"
|2.||suborn - procure (false testimony or perjury)|
suborn - induce to commit perjury or give false testimony; "The President tried to suborn false witnesses"
|3.||suborn - induce to commit perjury or give false testimony; "The President tried to suborn false witnesses"|
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
suborn - procure (false testimony or perjury)