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obreption

[o-brep-shuh n]
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noun
  1. Canon Law. fraud in obtaining or attempting to obtain something from an official.Compare subreption(def 1).
  2. Scots Law. the act of obtaining something, as an escheat, by falsehood.Compare subreption(def 2).
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Origin of obreption

1605–15; < Latin obreptiōn- (stem of obreptiō) a surprise, equivalent to ob- ob- + rept(us) (see reptile) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsob·rep·ti·tious [ob-rep-tish-uh s] /ˌɒb rɛpˈtɪʃ əs/, adjectiveob·rep·ti·tious·ly, adverb
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  • Obreption, ob-rep′shun, n. obtaining of gifts of escheat by falsehood—opp.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)

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British Dictionary definitions for obreption

obreption

noun
  1. rare the obtaining of something, such as a gift, in Scots Law esp a grant from the Crown, by giving false informationCompare subreption (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin obreptio, from obrepere to creep up to
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