Definition of principal in the second degree in English:

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principal in the second degree

Law A person who directly aids the perpetration of a crime.
Example sentences
  • Those who were merely present, encouraging but not participating physically, or whose acts were not a substantial cause of death, were regarded as principals in the second degree.
  • In felony cases a principal in the second degree could be convicted notwithstanding the prior acquittal of the first-degree principal.
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