sub·orn /sə-'bȯrn/ vt [Latin subornare, from sub- secretly + ornare to prepare, equip]
1: to induce or procure to commit an unlawful act and esp. perjury
an attempt to suborn a witness
2: to induce (perjury) or obtain (perjured testimony) from a witness
an attorney and his client were jointly charged with suborn ing perjury and perjury, respectively — W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel
sub·orn·er n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb bribe, bribe to take a false oath, buy off, corrupt, fraudulently induce, induce, induce another to commit perjury, induce by illegal gratuity, instigate, offer an inducement, procure another to commit perjury, procure indirectly, seduce, subornare, tamper with associated concepts: suborn perjury II index bait (lure), coax, convince, corrupt, inveigle, persuade, taint (corrupt)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To persuade someone to commit perjury through bribery or other inducement.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

v. 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.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • Suborn — Sub*orn , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suborned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suborning}.] [F. suborner, L. subornare; sub under, secretly + ornare to furnish, provide, equip, adorn. See {Ornament}.] 1. (Law) To procure or cause to take a false oath amounting to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suborn — (v.) to procure by bribery, to lure (someone) to commit a crime, 1520s (implied in subornation), from M.Fr. suborner (13c.), from L. subornare suborn, originally equip, from sub under, secretly (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + ornare equip, related to ordo …   Etymology dictionary

  • suborn — [sə bôrn′] vt. [L subornare, to furnish or supply, instigate, incite secretly < sub , under + ornare, to furnish, adorn: see ORNAMENT] 1. to get or bring about through bribery or other illegal methods 2. to induce or instigate (another) to do… …   English World dictionary

  • suborn — UK [səˈbɔː(r)n] / US [səˈbɔrn] verb [transitive] Word forms suborn : present tense I/you/we/they suborn he/she/it suborns present participle suborning past tense suborned past participle suborned legal to persuade someone to do something illegal …   English dictionary

  • suborn — sub|orn [səˈbo:n US ˈbo:rn] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: suborner, from Latin subornare, from sub secretly + ornare to provide with things ] law to persuade someone to tell lies in a court of law or to do something else that is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suborn — /səˈbɔn / (say suh bawn) verb (t) to bribe or procure (a person) to commit some unlawful or wrongful act, usually perjury: *if he persisted, he would be charged with attempting to suborn a police officer from the path of duty. –frank hardy, 1963 …  

  • suborn — transitive verb Etymology: Middle French suborner, from Latin subornare, from sub secretly + ornare to furnish, equip more at ornate Date: 1534 1. to induce secretly to do an unlawful thing 2. to induce to commit perjury; also to obtain (perjured …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • suborn — subornation /sub awr nay sheuhn/, n. subornative /seuh bawr neuh tiv/, adj. suborner, n. /seuh bawrn /, v.t. 1. to bribe or induce (someone) unlawfully or secretly to perform some misdeed or to commit a crime. 2. Law. a. to induce (a person …   Universalium

  • suborn — verb To induce someone to commit an unlawful or malicious act, or to commit perjury …   Wiktionary

  • suborn — su|born Mot Agut Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

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