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English definition of “accessory”

accessory

noun (CRIMINAL)    /əkˈses.ər.i/ US  /-ɚ-/
[C] someone who helps another person to commit a crime but does not take part in it: an accessory to murder Helpers and accomplicesPeople who help or serve people professionallyCriminals - general words accessory after the fact specialized someone who helps someone after that person has committed a crime , for example by hiding them from the police Helpers and accomplicesPeople who help or serve people professionallyCriminals - general words accessory before the fact specialized someone who helps in the preparation of a crime Helpers and accomplicesPeople who help or serve people professionallyCriminals - general words
(Definition of accessory noun (CRIMINAL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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