1 To instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; — used in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an ill-doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice; to abet an insurrection. “The whole tribe abets the villany.” South. Would not the fool abet the stealth, Who rashly thus exposed his wealth Gay.
2 To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; — in a good sense. [Obs.]. Our duty is urged, and our confidence abetted. Jer. Taylor.
To contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense.
Act of abetting; aid. [Obs.] Chaucer.