(archaic) Concerning, with regard to, about, in respect to, as to, insofar as, inasmuch as.
Origin of Anent
From Middle English anent (“insofar as, inasmuch as, in comparison with, with respect to, as regards, concerning, in the opinion or judgment of; next to, close to, up to, near, adjoining, across from, over against, facing”), anen, from Old English on emn, on efen (“level with, beside”, literally “on even”); compare Dutch neven, German neben.
Middle English from Old English onefn near on on on efn even
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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