anent

[uh-nent]
preposition
1.
in regard to; about; concerning.
2.
British. beside; in line with.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English variant (with excrescent -t; see ancient) of anen, Old English on emn, on efen on even1 (ground), with, beside

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anent (əˈnɛnt)
 
prep
1.  lying against; alongside
2.  concerning; about
 
[Old English on efen, literally: on even (ground)]

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anent
"concerning, about," early 13c., onont "on level with," also "in the company of, fronting against," from O.E. on efn "on even (ground) with;" the parasitic -t added 12c. A northern form (in Midlands, anenst, with adverbial genitive), affected by English writers in Scottish sense of "in respect or reference
to." Cf. Ger. neben "near to, by the side of," short for in eben, from O.H.G. ebani "equality."
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Example sentences
Moreover, the law is well-settled anent a supervisor's liability for the conduct of his subordinates.
In addition, each side presented expert testimony anent the likelihood of confusion.
On the same day, the court held a hearing anent the waiver.
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