- 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.
- 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.
A necklace is an accessory.
accessory definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Midieval 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: ME accessorie < ML: see accessorythe
accessory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ac·ces·so·ries
- a. A subordinate or supplementary item; an adjunct.b. Something nonessential but desirable that contributes to an effect or result. See Synonyms at appendage.
- Law a. One who incites, aids, or abets a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime but is not present at the time of the crime. Also called accessory before the fact.b. One who aids a criminal after the commission of a crime, but was not present at the time of the crime. Also called accessory after the fact.
- Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function.
- Law Serving to aid or abet a lawbreaker, either before or after the commission of the crime, without being present at the time the crime was committed.
Origin: Middle English accessorie, from Medieval Latin accessōrius, from accessor, helper, from Latin accessus, approach; see access.
- acˌces·soˈri·al adjective
- ac·cesˈso·ri·ly adverb
- ac·cesˈso·ri·ness noun
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.
accessory - Medical Definition
accessory - Phrases/Idioms
accessory before (or after) the fact