Ac*ces"so*ry [L. accessorius. See Access, and cf. Accessary.]

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.

⇒ Ash accents the antepenult; and this is not only more regular, but preferable, on account of easiness of pronunciation. Most orhoepists place the accent on the first syllable.

Syn. -- Accompanying; contributory; auxiliary; subsidiary; subservient; additional; acceding.


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Ac*ces"so*ry, n.; pl. Accessories (#).


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

"The aspect and accessories of a den of banditti."


2. Law

Same as Accessary, n.

3. Fine Arts

Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts.


Syn. -- Abettor; accomplice; ally; coadjutor. See Abettor.


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