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Meaning of Accomplice

See accessory . A person who knowingly , voluntarily and with common intent unites with another in the commission of a crime . Smith v state , 525 S. W.2d 674. Generally used in the context of evidence in criminal cases. The evidence of an accessory, or a partner in crime is admissible and the court may convict an accused on such evidence, although as a matter of law, the judge would warn the jury that it is prudent to look for corroboration in material particulars of the testimony of an accomplice. An accomplice is one who could himself have been indicted for offense either as principal or accessory. See People v Nowak, 258 N.E.2d313, 45 Ill.2d 158.

Accomplice Alternative Definition

(Lat. ffld and compZtcare, con, with, together; plicare, to fold, to wrap, to fold together). In Criminal Law. One who Is in some way concerned in the commission of a crime, though not as a principal. The term in its fullness includes in its meaning all persons who have been concerned in the commission of a crime, all participes criminis, whether they are considered in strict legal propriety as principals in the first or second degree, or merely as accessaries before or after the fact, 1 Russ. Crimes, 21; 4 Bl. Comm. 331; 1 Phil. Ev. 28, frequently used in the books, especially in the reports, to denote the accordance or agreement between one adjudged case and another, in establishing or confirming the same doctrine, and sometimes the accordance of judges in opinion in the same case. See “Accordant.” The disagreement or opposition of cases is denoted by “contra.” In Contracts. A satisfaction agreed on between the party injuring and the party injured, which, when performed, is a bar to all actions upon his account. Generally used in the phrase “accord and satisfaction,” satisfaction being the performance of the accord. 2 Greenl. Ev. 28; 3 Bl. Comm. 16; 4 Denio (N. Y.) 418; 83 Va. 397; 78 Wis. 682; 5 Md. 170. Something of legal value, to which the creditor before had no right, agreed on in full satisfactidn of the debt, without regard to the magnitude of the satisfaction. 43 Conn. 462. The substitution of an agreement in lieu of a right of action between the parties. A part payment is not a good accord and satisfaction, though received in full. 20 Conn. 559; 99 Mich. 247; 64 Barb. (N. Y.) 215; 8 R. I. 381; 23 Wis. 471; 79 N. C. 585.

Synonyms of Accomplice


  • abettor
  • accessory
  • accessory after the fact
  • accessory before the fact
  • advisor
  • aid
  • aider
  • aider and abettor
  • assistant
  • associate
  • associate in crime
  • associate in guilt
  • coactor
  • coconspirator
  • codefendant
  • codirector
  • collaborator
  • comate
  • confederate
  • confrère
  • conscius
  • consociate
  • contriver
  • cooperator
  • coworker
  • culpae socius
  • encourager
  • fellow conspirator
  • helper
  • helpmate
  • partaker
  • particeps cnmmis
  • participant
  • participator
  • partner
  • partner in crime
  • partner in wrongdoing
  • planner
  • principal
  • socius criminis
  • supporter
  • Associated Concepts: accomplice witness
  • aiding and abetting
  • complicity
  • inchoate crimes
  • mens rea
  • vicarious liability
  • Wharton's rule

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