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Meaning of accessory

ac•ces•so•ry

Pronunciation: (ak-ses'u-rē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ries,
—n.
  1. a subordinate or supplementary part, object, or the like, used mainly for convenience, attractiveness, safety, etc., as a spotlight on an automobile or a lens cover on a camera.
  2. an article or set of articles of dress, as gloves, earrings, or a scarf, that adds completeness, convenience, attractiveness, etc., to one's basic outfit.
    1. Also calledacces&prim;sory before&prim; the fact&prim;.a person who, though not present during the commission of a felony, is guilty of having aided and abetted another, who committed the felony.
    2. Also calledacces&prim;sory af&prim;ter the fact&prim;.a person who knowingly conceals or assists another who has committed a felony. Cf. principal (def. 9b).
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—adj.
  1. contributing to a general effect; supplementary; subsidiary.
  2. giving aid as an accessory.
  3. noting any mineral whose presence in a rock has no bearing on the classification of the rock, as zircon in granite.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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