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Definition of Accessory

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supplementary, auxiliary, aiding in a secondary way
supplementary part; something which complements an outfit (i.e. purse, scarf, etc.); partner in crime, one who helps another commit a crime (Law)
Accessory Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate.
Same as Accessary, n.
Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts.
Accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; additional; connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal; contributing or contributory; said of persons and things, and, when of persons, usually in a bad sense; as, he was accessory to the riot; accessory sounds in music.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\ac*ces"so*ry\, n.; pl. accessories (&?;).
1. that which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate. "the aspect and accessories of a den of banditti." arlyle.
2. (law) same as accessary, n.
3. (fine arts) anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts. --elmes.

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 accessory vertebral vein 
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A person or thing that aids the principal agent.
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
WordNet 2.0

1. clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
(synonym) accoutrement, accouterment
(hypernym) clothing, article of clothing, vesture, wear
(hyponym) belt
2. a supplementary component that improves capability
(synonym) appurtenance, supplement, add-on
(hypernym) component, constituent, element
(hyponym) auto accessory
3. someone who helps another person commit a crime
(synonym) accessary
(hypernym) criminal, felon, crook, outlaw, malefactor
(hyponym) abettor, abetter

1. relating to something that is added but is not essential; "an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxilliary to each other"
(synonym) adjunct, ancillary, adjuvant, appurtenant, auxiliary, subsidiary
(similar) supportive
Accessory Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
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Accessory Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Accessory may refer to:
  • Accessory (legal term), a person who assists a criminal
  • Accessory (band), with members Dirk Steyer and Ivo Lottig
  • Fashion accessory, i.e. an item used to complement a fashion or style
  • Video game accessory, a piece of hardware used in conjunction with a video game console for playing video games
  • Accessory bone
  • Accessory muscle
  • Accessory nucleus, in anatomy, a cranial nerve nucleus
  • Accessory nerve
  • Accessory suite, a secondary dwelling on a parcel of land
  • Rental accessories and attachments, accessories used in the rental industry
  • Cable accessories for connecting and terminating cables
  • Accessories (album), a compilation album from Dutch alternative rock band The Gathering

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Accessory Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
He who is not the chief actor in the perpetration of the offence, nor present at its performance, but is some way concerned therein, either before or after the fact committed.

An accessary before the fact, is one who being absent at the time of, the crime committed, yet procures, counsels, or commands another to commit it. It is, proper to observe that when the act is committed through the agency of a person who has no legal discretion nor a will, as in the case of a child or an insane person, the incitor, though absent when the crime was committed, will be considered, not an accessary, for none can be accessary to the acts of a madman, but a principal in the first degree.

An accessary after the fact, is one who knowing a felony to have been committed, receives, relieves, comforts, or assists the felon.

No one who is a principal can be an accessary.

In certain crimes, there can be no accessaries; all who are concerned are principals, whether they were present or absent at the time of their commission. These are treason, and all offences below the degree of felony; such is the English Law. But whether it is law in the United States appears not to be determined as regards the cases of persons assisting traitors.

It is evident there can be no accessary when there is no principal; if a principal in a transaction be not liable under our laws, no one can be charged as a more accessary to him.

By the rules of the common law, accessaries cannot be tried without their consent, before the principals.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Law Dictionary
A person who aids or contributes to a crime as a subordinate. Anaccessory performs acts that aid others in committing a crime or in avoidingapprehension. In some jurisdictions an accessory is called an aider andabettor.
Accessory Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
(thing) which helps, without being most important
accessory nerve = eleventh cranial nerve which supplies the muscles in the neck and shoulders
accessory organ = organ which has a function which is controlled by another organ