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abet | abettor

abet abetting abettor
help or encourage somebody to do something wrong
  • How to Memorize
    • abet - help
  • Analysis

    If you ‘abet’ somebody, you assist them in doing something immoral or illegal. It is a formal term most commonly used in the legal expression ‘aid and abet’ - a charge of helping somebody to commit a crime which in itself usually carries a prison sentence.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsassist, support, sanction,
    Antonymshinder, deter, impede,
  • Example(s)
    1. Sandra is a very honest and moral person. She would never abet somebody’s attempt to cause harm to others.

    2. The defendant was found not guilty of the robbery itself, but was charged with aiding and abetting the thief by helping her get away.

    3. The shady accountant was the chief abettor in the company’s efforts to conceal their true tax liability.