abet


abet
To encourage, incite, or set another on to commit a crime. This word is usually applied to aiding in the commission of a crime. To abet another to commit a murder is to command, procure, counsel, encourage, induce, or assist. Wyatt v. U. S., 388 F.2d 395, 400 (10 Cir.).
To facilitate the commission of a crime, promote its accomplishment, or help in advancing or bringing it about. State v. Lord, 42 N.M. 638, 84 P.2d 80, 86.
In relation to charge of aiding and abetting, term includes knowledge of the perpetrator's wrongful purpose, and encouragement, promotion or counsel of another in the commission of the criminal offense. State v. J-R Distributors, Inc., 82 Wash.2d 584, 512 P.2d 1049, 1055.
A French word combined of two words "a" and "beter" - to bait or excite an animal.
See also abettor

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • abet — /ə bet/ vt abet·ted, abet·ting: to assist, encourage, instigate, or support with criminal intent in attempting or carrying out a crime often used in the phrase aid and abet abet·ment n abet·tor also abet·ter /ə be tər/ n Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • Abet — A*bet , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abetted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abetting}.] [OF. abeter; a (L. ad) + beter to bait (as a bear), fr. Icel. beita to set dogs on, to feed, originally, to cause to bite, fr. Icel. b[=i]ta to bite, hence to bait, to incite.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abet — abet; abet·ment; abet·tor; abet·ter; …   English syllables

  • Abet — A*bet , n. [OF. abet, fr. abeter.] Act of abetting; aid. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abet — may refer to:* Abet Guidaben (20th century), former Philippine Basketball Association basketball player * Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, a non profit organizationee also* Abettor …   Wikipedia

  • abet — ► VERB (abetted, abetting) (usu. in phrase aid and abet) ▪ encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong, in particular to commit a crime. DERIVATIVES abetment noun abetter (also abettor) noun. ORIGIN Old French abeter, from be …   English terms dictionary

  • abet — (v.) late 14c. (implied in abetting), from O.Fr. abeter to bait, to harass with dogs, lit. to cause to bite, from a to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + beter to bait, from a Germanic source, perhaps Low Franconian betan incite, or O.N. beita cause to bite,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abet — *incite, foment, instigate Analogous words: aid, assist, *help: back, *support, uphold: cooperate, concur (see UNITE): forward, further, promote (see ADVANCE) Antonyms: deter (with a personal subject) Contrasted words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abet — [v] assist, help in wrongdoing advocate, back, condone, egg on*, encourage, endorse, goad, incite, instigate, prod, promote, provoke, sanction, spur, support, urge; concepts 14,110 Ant. counter, deter, discourage, frustrate, hinder, hurt, impede …   New thesaurus

  • abet — [ə bet′] vt. abetted, abetting [ME abetten < OFr abeter, to incite < a , to + beter, to bait < ON beita: see BAIT] to incite, sanction, or help, esp. in wrongdoing abetment n. abettor n. abetter …   English World dictionary

  • abet — v. (formal) (D; tr.) to abet in (to abet smb. in doing smt.; to aid and abet smb. in doing smt.) * * * [ə bet] (formal) (D; tr.) to abet in (to abet smb. in doing smt.; to aid and abet smb. in doing smt.) …   Combinatory dictionary


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