verb (used with object), abetted, abetting.
to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime.

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

abetment, abettal, noun
unabetted, adjective
unabetting, adjective

help, aid, assist; promote.

hinder, discourage.
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abet (əˈbɛt)
vb , abets, abetting, abetted
(tr) to assist or encourage, esp in crime or wrongdoing
[C14: from Old French abeter to lure on, entice, from beter to bait]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c. (implied in abetting), from O.Fr. abeter "to bait, to harass with dogs," lit. "to cause to bite," from a- "to" (L. ad-) + beter "to bait," from a Gmc. source, perhaps Low Franconian betan "incite," or O.N. beita "cause to bite," from P.Gmc. *baitjan, from PIE base *bheid- "to split" (see
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Example sentences
The law you cited makes it a penalty for aiding and abetting a criminal activity.
Hill privately has let it be known that it drives him nuts to be portrayed as aiding and abetting such an odious crowd.
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