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[uh-nent] /əˈnɛnt/
in regard to; about; concerning.
British. beside; in line with.
Origin of anent
before 900; Middle English variant (with excrescent -t; see ancient1) of anen, Old English on emn, on efen on even1 (ground), with, beside Unabridged
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  • Moreover, the law is well-settled anent a supervisor's liability for the conduct of his subordinates.
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  • On the same day, the court held a hearing anent the waiver.
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preposition (Scot)
lying against; alongside
concerning; about
Word Origin
Old English on efen, literally: on even (ground)
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Word Origin and History for anent

"concerning, about," early 13c., onont "on level with," also "in the company of, fronting against," from Old English on efn "near to, close by," originally "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. German neben "near to, by the side of," short for in eben, from Old High German ebani "equality."

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