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abettor


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abetter  \A*bet"ter\,  Abettor  \A*bet*tor\,  n. 
  One  who  abets;  an  instigator  of  an  offense  or  an  offender. 
 
  Note:  The  form  abettor  is  the  legal  term  and  also  in  general 
  use 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abettor 
  n  :  one  who  helps  or  encourages  or  incites  another  [syn:  {abetter}] 




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