1. Canon Law.
fraud in obtaining or attempting to obtain something from an official. Compare subreption ( def 1 )
2. Scots Law.
the act of obtaining something, as an escheat, by falsehood. Compare subreption ( def 2 )
Origin: 1605–15; Related forms
< Latin obreptiōn-
(stem of obreptiō
) a surprise, equivalent to ob- ob-
) (see reptile
) + -iōn- -ion
obreptitious /ˌɒbrɛpˈtɪʃəs/ [ob-rep-tish-uhs] Show IPA , adjective