- The definition of abet means to support or help with an action, usually an illegal one.
An example of abet is to give a ride to a person who just robbed a store.
transitive verba·bet·ted, a·bet·ting, a·bets
- To approve, encourage, and support (an action or a plan of action); urge and help on.
- To urge, encourage, or help (a person): abetted the thief in robbing the bank.
Origin of abetMiddle English abetten, from Old French abeter, to entice : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + beter, to bait; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
- a·bet′tor, a·bet′ter
(third-person singular simple present abets, present participle abetting, simple past and past participle abetted)
From Middle English abetten, abette, from Old French abeter (“to entice”), from a- (“to”) + beter (“hound on, urge, to bait”), from either Middle Dutch bētan (“incite”), or from Old Norse beita (“to cause to bite, bait, incite”) , from Proto-Germanic *baitijaną (“to cause to bite”), from Proto-Indo-European *bheid- (“to split”). Cognate with Icelandic beita (“to set dogs on", "to feed”).
abet - Legal Definition