noun, plural ac·ces·so·ries.
- 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.
- Also called accessory after the fact. a person who knowingly conceals or assists another who has committed a felony.Compare principal(def 9b).
Origin of accessory
Related formsac·ces·so·ri·ly, adverbac·ces·so·ri·ness, nounin·ter·ac·ces·so·ry, adjectivenon·ac·ces·so·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·ac·ces·so·ries.
Examples from the Web for accessory
A shift to the accessory position would have also caused the power steering to suddenly quit.The Cops Who Found Out the Truth About GM's Deadly Cars—in 2006|Michael Daly|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Adoption of the accessory has even spawned its own fashion subculture.
The accessory was easily lifted by a gust of wind and would regularly get entangled in the wheel spokes of carriages.Corsets, Muslin Disease, and More of the Deadly Fashion Trends|The Fashion Beast Team|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is no longer primarily an accessory; it becomes something larger.Victoire de Castellane’s ‘Precious Objects’ at the Gagosian Gallery|Erin Cunningham|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unlike a phone, wearable technology is an add-on, an accessory, something that comes on top.
Why should they not speed the conviction of him whose intrigues were accessory to this double homicide?Oswald Langdon|Carson Jay Lee
In any case, the man is an accessory before the fact to a thing which he acknowledges wrong on the part of its performer.
Yet they are accessory, while the primary power must lie in the content of the pictures themselves.The Photoplay|Hugo Mnsterberg
But that he was an accessory after the fact no human being could doubt.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
For that nation or king is then to be considered, not as an accessory, but as a principal enemy.The Rights of War and Peace|Hugo Grotius