Definition of Accessory

1. Noun. Clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing.

Exact synonyms: Accouterment, Accoutrement
Specialized synonyms: Belt, Furnishing, Trappings
Generic synonyms: Article Of Clothing, Clothing, Habiliment, Vesture, Wear, Wearable
Derivative terms: Accessorial

2. Adjective. Aiding and abetting in a crime. "He was charged with being accessory to the crime"
Exact synonyms: Accessary
Similar to: Supportive

3. Noun. A supplementary component that improves capability.

4. Adjective. Furnishing added support. "The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other"

5. Noun. Someone who helps another person commit a crime.

Definition of Accessory

1. a. Accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; additional; connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal; contributing or contributory; said of persons and things, and, when of persons, usually in a bad sense; as, he was accessory to the riot; accessory sounds in music.

2. n. That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate.

Definition of Accessory

1. Adjective. Having a secondary, supplementary or subordinate function by accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; being additional; being connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal; contributing or being contributory. Said of persons and things, and, when of persons, usually in a bad sense; as, he was ''accessory'' to the riot; ''accessory'' sounds in music. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: legal) Assisting a crime without actually participating in committing the crime itself. ¹

3. Adjective. Present in a minor amount, and not essential. ¹

4. Noun. That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate, an attachment. ¹

5. Noun. (context: fashion) An article that completes one's basic outfit, such as a scarf or gloves. ¹

6. Noun. (legal) One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense; One who assists after the commission of a crime, but was not present. ¹

7. Noun. (context: art) Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts. ¹

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Definition of Accessory

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Medical Definition of Accessory

1. In anatomy, denoting certain muscles, nerves, glands, etc. That are auxiliary or supernumerary to some similar, generally more important thing. Synonym: accessorius. Origin: L. Accessorius, fr. Ac-cedo, pp. -cessus, to move toward (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Accessory

accessorius willisii
accessory (current term)
accessory after the fact
accessory auricles
accessory before the fact
accessory breast
accessory breathing
accessory canal
accessory cartilage
accessory cephalic vein
accessory chromosome
accessory cloud
accessory clouds
accessory cramp

Literary usage of Accessory

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1. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"The Nucleus of the Spinal accessory Nerve.—This group of cells begins in the closed part of the ... This is the nucleus of the accessory part of the nerve. ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"AT a meeting of this body, held November 12, 1884,1 i read a paper on " Dividing the accessory Tendons in the Hands of Musicians. ..."

3. The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor by Jeremy Taylor, Charles Page Eden, Reginald Heber, Alexander Taylor (1852)
"The rule THE accessory FOLLOWS THE NATURE OF THE PRINCIPAL explicated. § 5. Therefore for the understanding of it so far as can be in order to our design, ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1857)
"The following communications were read:— I. " Account of Experiments on the Vagus and Spinal accessory Nerves." By AUGUSTUS WALLER, MD, FRS Received March ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf (1899)
"accessory before the Fact. An accessory before the fact is he who, being absent at the time of the felony committed, does yet procure, counsel, ..."

6. Handbook of physiology by William Senhouse Kirkes (1873)
"The principal branch of the accessory nerve, its external branch, supplies the sterno-mastoid and trapezius muscles; and though pain is produced by ..."

7. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1912)
"The nuclei of the nerve, particularly of the accessory part, ... The symptoms of paralysis of the accessory portion which joins the vagus have already been ..."

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