Definition of principal in the second degree in English:

principal in the second degree

phrase

Law
  • A person who directly aids the perpetration of a crime.

    • ‘In felony cases a principal in the second degree could be convicted notwithstanding the prior acquittal of the first-degree principal.’
    • ‘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.’