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[o-brep-shuh n]
  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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Historical Examples

  • Obreption, ob-rep′shun, n. obtaining of gifts of escheat by falsehood—opp.

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


British Dictionary definitions for obreption


  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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