Accessory Definition

ăk-sĕsə-rē
accessories
noun
accessories
Something extra; thing added to help in a secondary way.
Webster's New World
A subordinate or supplementary item; an adjunct.
American Heritage
A person who, though absent, helps another to break or escape the law; accomplice.
Webster's New World
Something nonessential but desirable that contributes to an effect or result.
American Heritage
One who knowingly assists a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime but does not actually participate in that crime.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
principal
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adjective
Extra; additional; helping in a secondary or subordinate way.
Webster's New World
Involving the knowing assistance of a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime without actual participation in the crime.
American Heritage
Occurring in minor amounts in a specified rock; nonessential.
Accessory minerals are disregarded in classifying rocks.
Webster's New World
Acting as an accessory; helping in an unlawful act.
Webster's New World
other

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.

Webster's New World Law
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idiom
accessory before (<i>or</i> after) the fact
  • a person who, though absent at the commission of a felony, aids or abets the accused before (or after) its commission
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Accessory

Noun

Singular:
accessory
Plural:
accessories

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Accessory

  • accessory before (or after) the fact

Origin of Accessory

  • 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

  • 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

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