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

Examples of coconspirator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this case, the U.S. DOJ alleges Saab and his coconspirator Alvaro Pulido Vargas won contracts with the Venezuelan government in November 2011 to build low-income housing units. David Dawkins, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 That would be coconspirator Stein Agee who was a partner at Accounting Firm 2 and prepared some of the partnership tax returns. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 19 June 2021 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, 26 Feb. 2020 Shortly after Epstein’s death, Berman issued a statement vowing to continue the investigation into his coconspirators. Nicole Hong,, 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, 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., 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,, 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, 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of coconspirator

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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