vb. Act of abetting; to aid. In criminal law, to encourage another to commit a crime. To assist in the commission of a crime. To instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; - used in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an ill-doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice; to abet an insurrection. To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; - in a good sense.
- (Law) To contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense.
Syn. - To incite; instigate; set on; egg on; foment; advocate; countenance; encourage; second; uphold; aid; assist; support; sustain; back; connive at.
- Some offenses are defined by statute or by common law that they may be committed only by certain persons or classes of persons. But, a person not within that class of those by whom the crime may be perpetrated may, by aiding and abetting a person who is within the scope of the definition, render himself criminally liable.