Definition of accessory in English:

accessory

Line breaks: ac¦ces|sory
Pronunciation: /əkˈsɛs(ə)ri
 
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noun (plural accessories)

  • 2 (also accessary) Law Someone who gives assistance to the perpetrator of a crime without taking part in it: 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.
    Synonyms
    accomplice, partner in crime, abetter, associate, confederate, collaborator, fellow conspirator, henchman, conniver

adjective

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Phrases

accessory before (or after) the fact

Law , • dated A person who incites or assists someone to commit an arrestable offence (or knowingly aids someone who has committed such an offence).
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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.

Derivatives

accessorial

Pronunciation: /aksɛˈsɔːrɪəl/
adjective (chiefly Law )
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  • To seek to distinguish pre-planned violence from spontaneous violence will give rise to inane discussions as to the relative meanings of spontaneous and pre-planned which are irrelevant to the question of accessorial liability.
  • They could be patrimonial things or extra-patrimonial things; common things or sacred things; principal things or accessorial things; corporeal things or incorporeal things.
  • The Law Commission should return to this subject as a matter of urgency, and should recommend one of these radical approaches to accessorial criminal liability.

Origin

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

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