Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An old English offense of directing one to do an unlawful act.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In practice. An authoritative order of a judge or magisterial officer. In criminal law. The act or offense of one who commands another to transgress the law, or do anything contrary to law, as theft, murder, or the like. Particularly applied to the act of an accessary before the fact, in inciting, procuring, setting on, or stirring up another to do the fact or act 2 Inst. 182.