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Meaning of ACCESSARY

Pronunciation:  ak'sesuree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  someone who helps another person commit a crime

ACCESSARY is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: accessory
 See Also: abetter, abettor, accessory after the fact, accessory before the fact, accessory during the fact, collaborator, confederate, criminal, crook, felon, henchman, malefactor, outlaw, partner in crime



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ac*ces"sa*ry\ (#; 277), a.
    Accompanying, as a subordinate; additional; accessory; esp.,
    uniting in, or contributing to, a crime, but not as chief
    actor. See {Accessory}.
          To both their deaths thou shalt be accessary. --Shak.
          Amongst many secondary and accessary causes that
          support monarchy, these are not of least reckoning.
  2. \Ac*ces"sa*ry\ (277), n.; pl. {Accessaries}. [Cf.
    {Accessory} and LL. accessarius.] (Law)
    One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or
    instigator to the commission of an offense.
    {Accessary before the fact} (Law), one who commands or
       counsels an offense, not being present at its commission.
    {Accessary after the fact}, one who, after an offense,
       assists or shelters the offender, not being present at the
       commission of the offense.
    Note: This word, as used in law, is spelt accessory by
          Blackstone and many others; but in this sense is spelt
          accessary by Bouvier, Burrill, Burns, Whishaw, Dane,
          and the Penny Cyclopedia; while in other senses it is
          spelt accessory. In recent text-books on criminal law
          the distinction is not preserved, the spelling being
          either accessary or accessory.