- to get or bring about through bribery or other illegal methods
- to induce or instigate (another) to do something illegal, esp. to commit perjury
Origin of subornClassical Latin subornare, to furnish or supply, instigate, incite secretly ; from sub-, under + ornare, to furnish, adorn: see ornament
transitive verbsub·orned, sub·orn·ing, sub·orns
- To induce (a person) to commit an unlawful or evil act.
- Law a. To procure (perjured testimony): suborn perjury.b. To induce (a person) to commit perjury.
Origin of subornLatin subōrnāre : sub-, secretly; see sub– + ōrnāre, to equip; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present suborns, present participle suborning, simple past and past participle suborned)
Borrowed from Latin sÅ«bornÄre.
suborn - Legal Definition
To cause a person to do an illegal or immoral act, especially in a secretive or underhanded fashion; to cause a person to perjure his or herself; to get perjured testimony from someone.