Abettor
Abetter A*bet"ter, Abettor A*bet*tor, n. One who abets; an instigator of an offense or an offender. [1913 Webster]

Note: The form abettor is the legal term and also in general use. [1913 Webster]

Syn: {Abettor}, {Accessory}, {Accomplice}.

Usage: These words denote different degrees of complicity in some deed or crime. An abettor is one who incites or encourages to the act, without sharing in its performance. An accessory supposes a principal offender. One who is neither the chief actor in an offense, nor present at its performance, but accedes to or becomes involved in its guilt, either by some previous or subsequent act, as of instigating, encouraging, aiding, or concealing, etc., is an accessory. An accomplice is one who participates in the commission of an offense, whether as principal or accessory. Thus in treason, there are no abettors or accessories, but all are held to be principals or accomplices. [1913 Webster]


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  • abettor — I noun accessory, accomplice, accomplice in crime, actuator, adjutant, advocate, aide, aider, assistant, associate, auxiliary, backer, coadjutor, collaborator, confederate, conspirator, cooperator, encourager, exponent, favorer, fomentor, helper …   Law dictionary

  • Abettor — (from to abet, Old French abeter , á and beter , to bait, urge dogs upon any one; this word is probably of Scandinavian origin, meaning to cause to bite), is a law term implying one who instigates, encourages or assists another to commit an… …   Wikipedia

  • abettor — accessory, accomplice, *confederate, conspirator …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abettor — [n] assistant accessory, accomplice, co conspirator, confederate, cooperator, helper, partner in crime*, second, supporter; concept 348 …   New thesaurus

  • abettor — /abetar/ An instigator, or setter on; one who promotes or procures a crime to be committed. Handy v. State, 326 A.2d 189. One who commands, advises, instigates, or encourages another to commit a crime. A person who, being present, incites another …   Black's law dictionary

  • abettor — /abetar/ An instigator, or setter on; one who promotes or procures a crime to be committed. Handy v. State, 326 A.2d 189. One who commands, advises, instigates, or encourages another to commit a crime. A person who, being present, incites another …   Black's law dictionary

  • abettor — /euh bet euhr/, n. a person who abets. Also, abetter. [1505 15; < AF abettour. See ABET, OR2] * * * ▪ law       in law, a person who becomes equally guilty in the crime of another by knowingly and voluntarily aiding the criminal during the act… …   Universalium

  • abettor — abet ► VERB (abetted, abetting) (usu. in phrase aid and abet) ▪ encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong, in particular to commit a crime. DERIVATIVES abetment noun abetter (also abettor) noun. ORIGIN Old French abeter, from be …   English terms dictionary

  • abettor — noun see abet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abettor — noun A variant spelling of abetter to be preferred in legal documents. one who encourages in doing bad things …   Wiktionary

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