aid and abet
v.
To knowingly help someone commit a crime. See also accessory, accomplice

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


aid and abet
To help someone else commit a crime. An aider and abettor is a helper who is present at a crime scene but in a passive role, such as acting as a lookout. In most situations, an aider and abettor faces the same punishment as the perpetrator of the crime.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


aid and abet
v. To order, encourage, facilitate, or to actively, knowingly, intentionally or purposefully assist, or otherwise promote or attempt to promote the commission of a crime or a tort. Affirmative conduct is regarded; aiding and abetting cannot be established by omission or negative acquiescence. The person who aids and abets is usually just as liable, and subject to the same measurement of damages and penalties, as the person who commits the crime or the tort.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


aid and abet
To assist another in the commission of a crime by words or conduct.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


aid and abet
I
To assist another in the commission of a crime by words or conduct.
II To actively, knowingly, or intentionally assist another person in the commission or attempted commission of a crime.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

aid and abet
v.
   help commit a crime. A lawyer redundancy since abet means aid, which lends credence to the old rumor that lawyers used to be paid by the word.
   See also: abet

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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