accessory

[ak-ses-uh-ree]
noun, plural accessories.
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. Compare principal ( def 9b ).
4.
Anatomy, accessory nerve.
adjective
5.
contributing to a general effect; supplementary; subsidiary.
6.
Law. giving aid as an accessory.
7.
Petrography. (of a mineral) being present in small amounts in a rock and having no bearing on the classification of the rock, as zircon in granite.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English accessorie (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin accessōrius. See accede, -tory1

accessorily, adverb
accessoriness, noun
interaccessory, adjective
nonaccessory, adjective, noun, plural nonaccessories.


1. See addition. 3. accomplice.
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accessory (əkˈsɛsərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a supplementary part or object, as of a car, appliance, etc
2.  (often plural) a small accompanying item of dress, esp of women's dress
3.  a person who incites someone to commit a crime or assists the perpetrator of a crime, either before or during its commission
 
adj
4.  supplementary; additional; subordinate
5.  assisting in or having knowledge of an act, esp a crime
 
[C17: from Late Latin accessōrius: see access]
 
accessorial
 
adj
 
ac'cessorily
 
adv
 
ac'cessoriness
 
n

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accessory
also accessary (n.), early 15c. as a legal term in the criminal sense of "one aiding in a crime;" adj. meaning "aiding in crime" is from c.1600; both from L.L. accessorius, from accessor, agent noun from accedere (see access). Attested from 1896 as "woman's smaller articles
of dress," hence accessorize (1939).
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accessory ac·ces·so·ry (āk-sěs'ə-rē)
adj.

  1. Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function.

  2. Of, relating to, or being a body part, such as a gland, nerve, or muscle, that is anatomically auxiliary.

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