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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bet]
    • /əˈbɛt/
    • /ə.ˈbet.mənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bet]
    • /əˈbɛt/

Definitions of abetment word

  • verb with object abetment to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime. 1
  • noun abetment The act of abetting; instigating; inciting; encouraging. (First attested from 1350 to 1470.). 1

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Origin of abetment

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Abetment


abetment popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abetment usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abetment

noun abetment

  • support — to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • hand — Learned [lur-nid] /ˈlɜr nɪd/ (Show IPA), 1872–1961, U.S. jurist.
  • succor — help; relief; aid; assistance.
  • relief — prominence, distinctness, or vividness due to contrast.

Antonyms for abetment

noun abetment

  • disapproval — the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure: stern disapproval.
  • hindrance — an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.
  • hurt — to cause bodily injury to; injure: He was badly hurt in the accident.
  • stoppage — an act or instance of stopping; cessation of activity: the stoppage of all work at the factory.
  • obstruction — something that obstructs, blocks, or closes up with an obstacle or obstacles; obstacle or hindrance: obstructions to navigation.

Top questions with abetment

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