bribery

The payment or promise of anything valuable to induce another, while under obligation of acting without additional emolument, to act as the briber prescribes. It ordinarily refers to influencing those bound by office to act for the common good. Bribery in any form, legislative, executive, or judicial, is immoral. Its tendency is to pervert justice at its source. The guilt rests upon both briber and bribed and all active agents, and varies with circumstances.

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