Definitions for abettor
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usu. in wrongdoing.
Origin of abet:
1275–1325; ME abette, OE *ābǣtan to hound on =ā-a -3+bǣtan to bait , akin to bite
one who helps or encourages or incites another
One that abets; one that incites; instigates; encourages.
Origin: From abettour, from abeter + -our.
one who abets; an instigator of an offense or an offender
Abettor, is a legal 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; in addition they are equally guilty as they knowingly and voluntarily assist in the commission of that crime. all abettors 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 abettor is generally known as an accomplice.
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