a dishonest drover or shepherd who connives at stealing the cattle they are guarding.
|Dict. n.p.: Abactores, theues that steal cattell.|
|Dictionarie in Eng. and Latine Qiii: Abactor, he that stealeth catell.|
|Thes. Linguae Romanae et Britannicae n.p.: Abactor, abactôris, m.g. Verbale. Apul. A theefe: a stealer of cattell or beastes.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues I (1890–1904) 3/1: Invaders and abactors, whose breaking in...is attended with the cattels passing through or going out .On Psalms in Farmer & Henley|
|Law Dict. n.p.: Abactors: were stealers of Cattle or Beasts, by Herds, or great numbers; and were distinguished from Fures.|
|Annual Register [abridged] in Sl. and Its Analogues I (1890–1904) 3/1: One of the tricks of the abacters of old Smithfield was the driving of a bullock into a jeweller’s or other shop, and during the confusion the abacter’s confederates would help themselves to any valuables handy...one shop was so served three times in the year .|
|Correspondence with Procter/ Works II (1870) 23: I thought, if she went no more, the Abactor or Abactor’s wife [...] would suppose she had heard something; and I have delicacy for a sheep-stealer.in|