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access +‎ -ary


accessary ‎(plural accessaries)

  1. (law) Someone who accedes to some act, now especially a crime; one who contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense.

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accessary ‎(comparative more accessary, superlative most accessary)

  1. (law) Accompanying as a subordinate; additional; accessory; especially, uniting in, or contributing to, a crime, but not as chief actor. See accessory.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare, Richard III, I-iii:
      To both their deaths thou shalt be accessary.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton,:
      Amongst many secondary and accessary causes that support monarchy, these are not of least reckoning.

Usage notes[edit]

  • "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." - Webster, 1913 Since that time this trend has accelerated.