Definition of accessory in English:


Syllabification: ac·ces·so·ry
Pronunciation: /akˈses(ə)rē
(also accessary)

noun (plural accessories)

  • 2 Law Someone who gives assistance to the perpetrator of a crime, without directly committing it, sometimes without being present: she was charged as an accessory to murder
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    • And should she thus be punished in the same way as the actual murderers, as an accessory to the crime?
    • He said paying compensation for vehicles with varying declared value for duty at ZRA and the insured value would render the corporation an accessory to the crime of tax evasion.
    • At the very least their actions make them an accessory to crime.
    accomplice, partner in crime, associate, collaborator, abettor, co-conspirator, fellow conspirator; henchman


[attributive] chiefly • technical Back to top  


accessory before (or after) the fact

Law , • dated A person who incites or assists someone to commit a crime (or knowingly aids someone who has committed a crime).
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  • Well, he is liable, as was pointed out, to a number of other offences: accessory after the fact, destroying a motor car, theft of a motor car and various others - you could throw the book at him for the other offences.
  • He said: ‘A wife could not be convicted of being an accessory after the fact for a felony committed by her husband.’
  • One was, firstly, whether the offender or the accused was indeed a primary offender; secondly, whether he was guilty of being an accessory after the fact.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin accessorius 'additional thing', from Latin access- 'increased', from the verb accedere (see accede).

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