accessory before/after the fact

Definition of accessory before/after the fact

  1. :  someone who helps a criminal before/after a crime has been committed <She was charged as an accessory after the fact because she let the robber hide in her house.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  an object or device that is not essential in itself but adds to the beauty, convenience, or effectiveness of something else

    :  a thing of secondary or lesser importance :  adjunct

    :  a person not actually or constructively present but contributing as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense —called also accessory before the fact

  1. :  assisting under the orders of another

    :  contributing to a crime but not as the chief agent

    :  aiding or contributing in a secondary way :  supplementary

  1. :  in advance :  ahead

    :  at an earlier time

  1. :  forward of :  in front of

    :  in the presence of

    :  under the jurisdiction or consideration of

  1. :  earlier than the time that

    :  sooner or quicker than

    :  so that … do not

  1. :  following in time or place :  afterward, behind, later

  1. :  behind in place

    :  subsequent to in time or order

    :  subsequent to and in view of

  1. :  subsequently to the time when

  1. :  later in time

    :  located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. : used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. :  afternoon

  1. :  a thing done: such as

    :  feat

    :  crime

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the forefront of an action or movement

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