accessory[ak ses′ər ē, ək-; also ə ses′-]
- An accessory is defined as a person who assists someone else to break the law or commit a crime but who doesn't participate in committing the crime himself.
An example of an accessory would be someone who let a criminal hide in their house.
- The definition of an accessory is something that you add on just to increase the beauty or functionality of something else.
An example of an accessory would be a necklace you put on to make your outfit more complete.
A necklace is an accessory.
- extra; additional; helping in a secondary or subordinate way
- Geol. occurring in minor amounts in a specified rock; nonessential: accessory minerals are disregarded in classifying rocks
- Law acting as an accessory; helping in an unlawful act
Origin of accessoryMedieval Latin accessorius ; from Classical Latin accessus, past participle of accedere, accede
- something extra; thing added to help in a secondary way; specif.,
- an article worn or carried to complete one's costume, as purse, gloves, etc.
- a piece of optional equipment for convenience, comfort, appearance, etc.: the accessories of an automobile
- Law a person who, though absent, helps another to break or escape the law; accomplice
Origin of accessoryME accessorie < ML: see accessorythe
accessory before (or after) the fact
- a. A subordinate or supplementary item; an adjunct.b. Something nonessential but desirable that contributes to an effect or result. See Synonyms at attachment.
- Law One who knowingly assists a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime but does not actually participate in that crime.
- Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function.
- Law Involving the knowing assistance of a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime without actual participation in the crime.
Origin of accessoryMiddle English accessorie, from Medieval Latin accessōrius, from accessor, helper, from Latin accessus, approach; see access.
(comparative more accessory, superlative most accessory)
- Having a secondary, supplementary or subordinate function by accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; being additional; being connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal; contributing or being contributory. Said of persons and things, and, when of persons, usually in a bad sense; as, he was accessory to the riot; accessory sounds in music.
- (law) Assisting a crime without actually participating in committing the crime itself.
- Present in a minor amount, and not essential.
- That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate, an attachment.
- the accessories of a mobile phone
- (fashion) An article that completes one's basic outfit, such as a scarf or gloves.
- (law) One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense; One who assists after the commission of a crime, but was not present.
- (art) Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts.
- (legal): First attested in 1414.
- (fashion): First attested in 1896.
accessory - Legal Definition
- Additional; aiding the principal design; contributory; secondary; subordinate; supplemental.
- One who aids or contributes to the commission or concealment of a crime or assists others in avoiding apprehension for the crime but not present when the crime was committed. Mere silence or approval of the crime is insufficient to make one an accessory; the person must take steps to facilitate the commission or concealment of the crime or the avoidance of the criminal’s capture. See also misprision of felony, accomplice, aid and abet, conspiracy, and principal.