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.
- a person who, though absent at the commission of a felony, aids or abets the accused before (or after) its commission
Other Word Forms of Accessory
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Accessory
- accessory before (or 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
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