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subreption

[suh b-rep-shuh n]
noun
  1. Canon Law. a concealment of the pertinent facts in a petition, as for dispensation or favor, that in certain cases nullifies the grant.Compare obreption(def 1).
  2. Scots Law. the act of obtaining something, as an escheat, by concealing pertinent facts.Compare obreption(def 2).
  3. a fallacious representation or an inference from it.
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Origin of subreption

1590–1600; < Latin subreptiōn- (stem of subreptiō) a stealing, equivalent to subrept(us) (past participle of subripere to steal, itself equivalent to sub- -sub + -rep- (combining form of rapere to seize, rape1) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Related formssub·rep·ti·tious [suhb-rep-tish-uh s] /ˌsʌb rɛpˈtɪʃ əs/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Subreption, sub-rep′shun, n. a procuring of some advantage by fraudulent concealment, esp.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

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British Dictionary definitions for subreption

subreption

noun
  1. rare the concealment of facts in order to obtain a benefit, esp an ecclesiastical benefit or, in Scots Law, a grant from the CrownCompare obreption
  2. any deceitful misrepresentation or concealment of facts
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Derived Formssubreptitious (ˌsʌbrɛpˈtɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin subreptiō theft, from subripere, from sub- secretly + rapere to seize
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