Abettor

Abettor

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 offence.

An abettor differs from an accessory in that he must be present at the commission of the crime; all abettors (with certain exceptions) are principals, and, in the absence of specific statutory provision to the contrary, are punishable to the same extent as the actual perpetrator of the offence. A person may in certain cases be convicted as an abettor in the commission of an offence in which he or she could not be a principal, e.g. a woman or boy under fourteen years of age in aiding rape, or a solvent person in aiding and abetting a bankrupt to commit offences against the bankruptcy laws.

More recently, an abbetor is generally known as an accomplice.

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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 — 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 — 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:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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