- The definition of an accomplice is a person who helps another person do something wrong or illegal.
The driver of a get-away-car during a bank robbery is an example of an accomplice.
a person who knowingly participates with another in an unlawful act; partner in crime
Origin of accomplice; from Middle English a complice (the article a is merged, influenced, influence by accomplish) ; from Old French complice ; from Late Latin complex: see complice
One who participates in the commission of a crime without being the principal actor.
Origin of accompliceAlteration of complice.
- (rare) A cooperator.
- Success unto our valiant general, And happiness to his accomplices! - Shakespeare, Henry VI Part I, V-ii
- (law) An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.
- Followed by with or of before a person and by in (sometimes of) before the crime; as, A was an accomplice with B in the murder of C. Dryden uses it with to before a thing.
accomplice - Legal Definition
One who knowingly, voluntarily, or intentionally, and with common intent and criminal purpose shared with the principal offender, solicits or encourages another to commit a crime or assists or attempts to assist in its planning and execution. Normally, one’s mere presence while knowing the crime is about to be committed, without any contribution to the commission of the crime, does not make a person an accomplice. However, in some situations, knowledge combined with the failure to make an attempt to prevent the crime will make one an accomplice. An accomplice is normally regarded as just as culpable as the person who actually commits the crime. See also accessory, aid and abet, and conspiracy.