accessory

accessorily, adv.accessoriness, n.
/ak ses"euh ree/, n., pl. accessories, adj.
n.
1. a subordinate or supplementary part, object, or the like, used mainly for convenience, attractiveness, safety, etc., as a spotlight on an automobile or a lens cover on a camera.
2. an article or set of articles of dress, as gloves, earrings, or a scarf, that adds completeness, convenience, attractiveness, etc., to one's basic outfit.
3. Law.
a. Also called accessory before the fact. a person who, though not present during the commission of a felony, is guilty of having aided and abetted another, who committed the felony.
b. Also called accessory after the fact. a person who knowingly conceals or assists another who has committed a felony. Cf. principal (def. 9b).
4. Anat. See accessory nerve.
adj.
5. contributing to a general effect; supplementary; subsidiary.
6. Law. giving aid as an accessory.
7. Petrog. noting any mineral whose presence in a rock has no bearing on the classification of the rock, as zircon in granite.
[1400-50; late ME accessorie ( < MF) < ML accessorius. See ACCEDE, -TORY1]
Syn. 1. See addition. 3. accomplice.

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law
      in law, a person who becomes equally guilty in the crime of another by knowingly and voluntarily aiding the criminal prior to or after the crime. An accessory is one kind of accomplice (q.v.), the other being an abettor, who aids the criminal during the act itself.

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