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English Dictionary: abetter by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
abetter
n
  1. one who helps or encourages or incites another [syn: abettor, abetter]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Abetter \A*bet"ter\, Abettor \A*bet*tor\, n.
      One who abets; an instigator of an offense or an offender.
  
      Note: The form abettor is the legal term and also in general
               use.
  
      Syn: {Abettor}, {Accessory}, {Accomplice}.
  
      Usage: These words denote different degrees of complicity in
                  some deed or crime. An abettor is one who incites or
                  encourages to the act, without sharing in its
                  performance. An accessory supposes a principal
                  offender. One who is neither the chief actor in an
                  offense, nor present at its performance, but accedes
                  to or becomes involved in its guilt, either by some
                  previous or subsequent act, as of instigating,
                  encouraging, aiding, or concealing, etc., is an
                  accessory. An accomplice is one who participates in
                  the commission of an offense, whether as principal or
                  accessory. Thus in treason, there are no abettors or
                  accessories, but all are held to be principals or
                  accomplices.
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