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accessory

noun ac·ces·so·ry \ik-ˈse-sə-rē, ak-, ek-, -ˈses-rē, also ə-ˈse-\

Simple Definition of accessory

  • : something added to something else to make it more useful, attractive, or effective

  • law : someone who helps another person commit a crime

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accessory

plural

accessories

  1. 1 a :  a person not actually or constructively present but contributing as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense —called also accessory before the fact b :  a person who knowing that a crime has been committed aids or shelters the offender with intent to defeat justice —called also accessory after the fact

  2. 2 a :  a thing of secondary or subordinate importance :  adjunct b :  an object or device not essential in itself but adding to the beauty, convenience, or effectiveness of something else <auto accessories> <clothing accessories>

Examples of accessory in a sentence

  1. fashion accessories such as scarves, handkerchiefs, bracelets, and rings

  2. He is wanted as an accessory to murder.



15th Century

First Known Use of accessory

15th century

Variants of accessory

also

accessary

play \ik-ˈse-sə-rē, ak-, ek-, -ˈses-rē, also ə-ˈse-\

2

accessory

adjective ac·ces·so·ry

Definition of accessory

  1. 1 :  assisting as a subordinate; especially :  contributing to a crime but not as the chief agent

  2. 2 :  aiding or contributing in a secondary way :  supplementary

  3. 3 :  present in a minor amount and not essential as a constituent <an accessory mineral in a rock>



Examples of accessory in a sentence

  1. <most phone services offer accessory features such as call-waiting>



1607

First Known Use of accessory

1607

Rhymes with accessory



ACCESSORY Defined for Kids

accessory

play
noun ac·ces·so·ry \ik-ˈse-sə-rē, ak-\

Definition of accessory for Students

plural

accessories

  1. 1 :  a person who helps another in doing wrong <an accessory to theft>

  2. 2 :  an object or device not necessary in itself but adding to the beauty or usefulness of something else <clothing accessories>




Medical Dictionary

1

accessory

play
adjective ac·ces·so·ry \ik-ˈses-(ə-)rē, ak-\

Medical Definition of accessory

  1. 1:  aiding, contributing, or associated in a secondary way: asa:  being or functioning as a vitamin <accessory food substances>b:  associated in position or function with something (as an organ or lesion) usually of more importance <the testis and accessory male ducts and glands—B. T. Scheer>

  2. 2:  supernumerary <accessory spleens>




2

accessory

noun ac·ces·so·ry

Medical Definition of accessory

plural

accessories




Law Dictionary

accessory

noun ac·ces·so·ry \ik-ˈse-sə-rē, ak-\

Legal Definition of accessory

plural

accessories

  1. 1 :  a person who is not actually or constructively present but with criminal intent contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of a felony —called also accessory before the fact — compare principal in the second degree at principal Editor's note: The traditional distinction between accessories before the fact and principals, that accessories were not present and principals were present at the commission of the crime, is not recognized under most modern state statutes. Accessories before the fact are usually considered principals.

  2. 2 :  a person who knowing that a felony has been committed aids, assists, or shelters the offender with the intent to defeat justice —called also accessory after the fact Editor's note: Many state statutes now omit the term accessory after the fact and instead characterize the accessory as having committed a particular offense, such as obstructing justice.

  3. 3 :  the crime of being an accessory —usually used with to and specifying the crime <convicted of murder and accessory to murder — H. B. Zobel> — compare substantive crime

accessoryship

noun


Variants of accessory

also

accessary

\ik-ˈse-sə-rē, ak-\ play

Origin and Etymology of accessory

Medieval Latin accessorius subordinate matter, accomplice to a crime, from Latin accedere to go to, agree, assent



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