Accessory meaning

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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.

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Involving the knowing assistance of a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime without actual participation in the crime.
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Occurring in minor amounts in a specified rock; nonessential.

Accessory minerals are disregarded in classifying rocks.

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Extra; additional; helping in a secondary or subordinate way.
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Acting as an accessory; helping in an unlawful act.
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Something extra; thing added to help in a secondary way.
  • An article worn or carried to complete one's outfit, as a purse or gloves.
  • A piece of optional equipment for convenience, comfort, appearance, etc.
    The accessories of an automobile.
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A person who, though absent, helps another to break or escape the law; accomplice.
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Equipment that supports other equipment. For example, smartphone accessories include phone cases, chargers and cables. Examples of computer accessories are laptop bags, cables, screen cleaners and USB drives, although the latter may also be considered a peripheral device. See peripheral.
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Additional; aiding the principal design; contributory; secondary; subordinate; supplemental.
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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.
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One who was not at the scene of a crime but knowingly assists, comforts, or receives a person known to have committed a crime or to be sought for the commission or attempted commission of a crime, in an attempt to hinder or prevent the felon’s arrest or punishment. Such a person is normally regarded as less culpable than the criminal and is subject to prosecution for obstruction of justice.
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One who assists, commands, counsels, encourages, or procures another to commit a crime, but is not present when the crime is committed. Such a person, known as an aider and abettor, is normally considered as culpable as the person who actually commits the crime and is normally treated by the law as an accomplice. See also aid and abet.
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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.
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(law) Assisting a crime without actually participating in committing the crime itself.
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Present in a minor amount, and not essential.
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That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate, an attachment.

The accessories of a mobile phone.

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(fashion) An article that completes one's basic outfit, such as a scarf or gloves.
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(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.
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(art) Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts.
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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.

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One who knowingly assists a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime but does not actually participate in that crime.
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Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function.
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accessory before (or after) the fact
  • A person who, though absent at the commission of a felony, aids or abets the accused before (or after) its commission.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

accessory before (<i>or</i> after) the fact

Origin of accessory

  • Middle English accessorie from Medieval Latin accessōrius from accessor helper from Latin accessus approach access

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1550s. From Middle English accessorie Medieval Latin accessōrius, from Latin accessor (“helper, subordinate”), from Latin accessus. Compare English access, from same root.

    From Wiktionary

  • (fashion): First attested in 1896.

    From Wiktionary

  • (legal): First attested in 1414.

    From Wiktionary