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accessory before the fact


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Law An accessory who assists a lawbreaker prior to the commission of that crime.

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  • noun law one who commands or counsels an offense, not being present at its commission.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who procures or advises or commands the commission of a felony but who is not present at its perpetration


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