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abet

[uh-bet]
verb (used with object), a·bet·ted, a·bet·ting.
  1. to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime.
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Origin of abet

1275–1325; Middle English abette (whence Old French abeter, unless perhaps the latter, of Germanic orig., be the source for the ME), Old English *ābǣtan to hound on, equivalent to ā- a-3 + bǣtan to bait, akin to bite
Related formsa·bet·ment, a·bet·tal, nounun·a·bet·ted, adjectiveun·a·bet·ting, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for un-abetted

abet

verb abets, abetting or abetted
  1. (tr) to assist or encourage, esp in crime or wrongdoing
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Derived Formsabetment or abettal, nounabetter or esp law abettor, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French abeter to lure on, entice, from beter to bait
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Word Origin and History for un-abetted

abet

v.

late 14c. (implied in abetting), from Old French abeter "to bait, to harass with dogs," literally "to cause to bite," from a- "to" (see ad-) + beter "to bait," from a Germanic source, perhaps Low Franconian betan "incite," or Old Norse beita "cause to bite," from Proto-Germanic *baitjan, from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (see fissure). Related: Abetted; abetting.

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