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BRIBE, crim. law. The gift or promise, which is accepted, of some advantage, as the inducement for some illegal act or omission; or of some illegal emolument, as a consideration, for preferring one person to another, in the performance of a legal act.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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His owner, John Halewood, sent 12 cases of wine and the horse now has 10st 7lb, so handicappers are bribable! He will have one or two runs before and is going to take a serious amount of beating.
What Balfour's critique failed to mention was the fact that Britain systematically quelled democratic stirrings from Egypt to Iran, that it preferred dealing with bribable sheiks and khedives, and that it routinely favored ethnic and religious minorities, sowing future discord in the name of good government.
Easy's morality, unlike Marlowe's, is flexible, bribable, and susceptible to intimidation.