Adjective "abetting" definition and examples

(Abetting may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong, in particular to commit a crime.
  1. 'The basic premise is that anyone who opposes the foreign or domestic policies of the government is ipso facto guilty of aiding and abetting the terrorists.'
  2. 'She is abetted in her fraud by a respectable publisher and its public relations arm, taking advantage of the ignorance of her interlocutors and reviewers regarding the most basic facts of the case.'
  3. 'The press should not buy the argument that its reporting on war is aiding and abetting the enemy.'
  4. 'Under Section 241 of the Criminal Code of Canada, it is an offence to counsel, aide or abet anyone to commit suicide.'
  5. 'What the agents could hear was treason, which is legally defined as ‘aiding and abetting the enemy in time of war.’'
  6. 'The second wife, Ella, abetted by a married sister, tries to stand up to George.'
  7. 'The woman and a 30-year-old man were arrested on charges of false imprisonment, serious assault and aiding and abetting a fugitive.'
  8. 'She says the legal system is not doing enough to protect women, and in some cases is aiding and abetting men who stalk former partners.'
  9. 'Now he had betrayed the hometown people by aiding and abetting their enemies.'
  10. 'Some, in fact, either inadvertently or deliberately, may have been involved in aiding and abetting the terrorists.'
  11. 'we are aiding and abetting this illegal traffic'
  12. 'In any jurisdiction in the country, aiding and abetting a felony is a crime, subject to prosecution, trial, and imprisonment.'
  13. 'The company is filing suit against banks it had dealings with, alleging they either abetted fraud or received payment at the expense of creditors, allegedly contributing to the collapse of the company.'
  14. 'Police seized computer gear and hundreds of photos, and charged two people with abetting prostitution.'
  15. 'Creating a virus, they theorize, might be considered a form of abetting a crime by providing materials.'
  16. 'It was reported in overseas media that some international tobacco firms have actually been engaged in aiding and abetting cigarette smuggling.'
  17. 'Central banks that have acquiesced in, or abetted, high inflation are practicing a form of financial corruption that eventually leads to financial ruin.'
  18. 'Customarily, I wouldn't report on it, however, I think the Internet will be partially implicated in abetting the crime.'
  19. 'The implication is that business schools are aiding and abetting accounting fraud and other misdeeds by failing to teach their students not to commit crimes.'
  20. 'Is the language of Political Correctness aiding and abetting its proliferation?'
  21. 'The court sentenced the girl to a prison term of five to 10 years for abetting the murder of her former boyfriend by urging her gangster lover to commit the crime.'

More definitions

1. to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime.

More examples(as adjective)

"values can be abetting."


(abet)Late Middle English (in the sense ‘urge to do something good or bad’): from Old French abeter, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + beter ‘hound, urge on’.