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abetment

Definition:

the verbal act of urging on

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

abet

Plural:

abetments

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

abettal | instigation

Etymology:

from Old French abeter to lure on, entice, from beter to bait
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

abetment | abet | abettal [noun, derived]

[law] assistance in committing a crime or wrongdoing. Also called: abettal | [transitive] to assist or encourage, especially in crime or wrongdoing (21 of 305 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/abetment

Oxford Dictionary:

abet | abetted [past tense] | abetting [present participle] | abets [3rd-person singular present] | abetment [derived] | abettor [derived]

encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong, in particular to commit a crime | encourage or assist someone to commit (a crime) Spelling rule ... (24 of 142 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/abet

American Heritage Dictionary:

abet | abetted [past tense] | abetting [present participle] | abets [3rd-person singular present] | abetment [noun, related] | abettor [noun, related] | abetter [noun, related]

To approve, encourage, and support (an action or a plan of action); urge and help on. | To urge, encourage, or help (a person) (23 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/abet

New World Dictionary:

abet | abetted [past tense] | abetting [present participle] | abetment [noun, related] | abettor [noun, related]

to incite, sanction, or help, especially in wrongdoing (8 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/abet

Wiktionary:

abetment | abetments [plural] | instigating [synonym] | encouraging [synonym] | inciting [synonym] | abettal [rare] | abettals [rare, plural]

The act of abetting; instigating; inciting; encouraging. [First attested from 1350 to 1470.] (13 of 32 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/abetment

Cambridge Dictionary:

instigate [formal] | instigation [noun, derived]

to cause an event or situation to happen by making a set of actions or a formal process begin (19 of 62 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/instigate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

instigate [transitive, formal] | instigator [singular] | instigators [plural] | instigated [past tense] | instigating [present participle] | instigates [3rd-person singular present] | instigation [noun, uncountable, related]

to make something start, especially an official process (8 of 60 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/instigate

Random House Dictionary:

instigation

the act of instigating; incitement. | an incentive. (7 of 14 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/instigation

Merriam-Webster:

encouragement | boost [synonym, sense-specific] | impulse [synonym, sense-specific] | goad [synonym, sense-specific] | impetus [synonym, sense-specific] | incentive [synonym, sense-specific] | incitation [synonym, sense-specific] | incitement [synonym, sense-specific] | instigation [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the act of encouraging; the state of being encouraged | something that encourages (12 of 111 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/encouragement

Wikipedia:

Abet [disambiguation]

may refer to: Abet Guidaben (20th century), former Philippine Basketball Association basketball player | ABET, an accreditation organization for higher education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. | Abettor (30 of 82 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Abet

Encarta Dictionary:

encouragement | encouragements [plural]

support of a kind that inspires confidence and a will to continue or develop | somebody who or something that gives somebody hope, confidence, or ... (24 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608311​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Collins Dictionary:

abetment | abet

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French abeter to lure on, entice, from beter to bait

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/abetment

Audio references

Wiktionary:

abetment | abetments [plural]

Audio: "Abetment US"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/abetment

the Free Dictionary:

abetment

Audio: British English pronunciation of "abetment"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/abetment

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

abetment

Audio: North American pronunciation of "abetment"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=abetme​01 word=abetment

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