co·​con·​spir·​a·​tor | \ ˌkō-kən-ˈspir-ə-tər How to pronounce coconspirator (audio) \
variants: or co-conspirator
plural coconspirators or co-conspirators

Definition of coconspirator

: a person who conspires with one or more others : a fellow conspirator … he was named as an unindicted coconspiratorTrans-Action Five of his co-conspirators were also jailed for their roles in the plot.— Tom Powell … was one of four alleged co-conspirators indicted following what officials called one of the largest data breaches in history …— Stewart Bell and Adrian Humphreys

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Recent Examples on the Web The posters were delivered to Atomwaffen members electronically and the coconspirators printed and delivered or mailed the posters to journalists or activists the group was targeting. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "DOJ charges extremists, including 2 from Montgomery County, with targeting journalists, activists," 26 Feb. 2020 Shortly after Epstein’s death, Berman issued a statement vowing to continue the investigation into his coconspirators. Nicole Hong,, "Prince Andrew offers ‘zero cooperation’ in Epstein case, prosecutor says," 27 Jan. 2020 Schiff portrays Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the EU, as a coconspirator in Trump’s thoroughgoing corruption. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Schiff’s Partisan Report Will Not Attract New Impeachment Supporters," 4 Dec. 2019 After his arrest, Samayoa appeared in US Immigration Court in Boston early last year and admitted knowing the man alleged to be his coconspirator., "PROVIDENCE — A Providence man accused of leading a paramilitary unit in Guatemala that tortured and murdered dozens of indigenous Mayans in the 1980s was deported Wednesday to face prosecution.," 29 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, Paz and Crandall have already agreed to plea deals and could testify against their onetime friend, along with a potential parade of other alleged coconspirators. Claire Galofaro,, "Ex-Eagle Scout accused in online drug empire to stand trial," 11 Aug. 2019 Flynn's lawyers have complained that prosecutors had no good reason to reverse course on putting Flynn on the stand and have worried that the decision to label Flynn as an unindicted coconspirator will hurt him at his own sentencing. NBC News, "Ex-Flynn business partner convicted of illegal lobbying," 23 July 2019 And, apparently, then the question becomes, is the president an unindicted coconspirator, should, at least, the congress be looking at this and saying, gee, the president looks to have been named as having committed a felony? Fox News, "Media coverage of Mollie Tibbetts' murder," 23 Aug. 2018 Sometimes, Celeste sees herself as a victim, sometimes as a coconspirator, sometimes as the true monster. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Big Little Lies” Season 2, Reviewed: Meryl, Meryl, Meryl," 9 June 2019

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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co-con·​spir·​a·​tor | \ ˌkō-kən-ˈspir-ə-tər \

Legal Definition of co-conspirator

: a fellow conspirator

Note: Under Federal law, a statement made by a co-conspirator during and to further the conspiracy is admissible as evidence, but there must be other evidence establishing both the conspiracy and the defendant's participation.

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