[ suh b-rep-shuh n ]
/ səbˈrɛp ʃən /


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).
Scots Law. the act of obtaining something, as an escheat, by concealing pertinent facts.Compare obreption(def 2).
a fallacious representation or an inference from it.

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


sub·rep·ti·tious [suhb-rep-tish-uh s] /ˌsʌb rɛpˈtɪʃ əs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for subreption

/ (səbˈrɛpʃən) /


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
any deceitful misrepresentation or concealment of facts

Derived forms of subreption

subreptitious (ˌsʌbrɛpˈtɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin for subreption

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