Accomplice meaning

ə-kŏmplĭs
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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.

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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.
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One who participates in the commission of a crime without being the principal actor.
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A person who knowingly participates with another in an unlawful act; partner in crime.
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(law) An associate in the commission of a crime; a participator in an offense, whether a principal or an accessory.
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(rare) A cooperator.
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Origin of accomplice

  • Alteration of complice

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English a + complice, from Old French complice (“confederate”), from Latin complicare (“fold together”)

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in the 1580's.

    From Wiktionary