Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A calculated misrepresentation through concealment of the facts.
  • n. An inference drawn from such a misrepresentation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of obtaining a favour by surprise, or by unfair representation through suppression or fraudulent concealment of facts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of obtaining a favor by surprise, or by unfair representation through suppression or fraudulent concealment of facts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of obtaining a favor by surprise or by suppression or fraudulent concealment of facts.
  • n. In Scots law, the obtaining of gifts of escheat, etc., by concealing the truth. Compare obreption, 2.

Etymologies

Late Latin subreptiō, subreptiōn-, from Latin, theft, from subreptus, past participle of surripere, subripere, to take away secretly; see surreptitious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin subreptio, from subripere, subreptum, to snatch or take away secretly: compare French subreption. See surreptitious. (Wiktionary)

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