tr.v. sub·orned, sub·orn·ing, sub·orns
1. To induce (a person) to commit an unlawful or evil act.
a. To procure (perjured testimony): suborn perjury.
b. To induce (a person) to commit perjury.
[Latin subōrnāre : sub-, secretly; see SUB- + ōrnāre, to equip; see ar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
sub′or·nation (sŭb′ôr-nāshən) n.
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