Accessaries
Accessary Ac*ces"sa*ry (277), n.; pl. {Accessaries}. [Cf. {Accessory} and LL. accessarius.] (Law) One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense. [1913 Webster]

{Accessary before the fact} (Law), one who commands or counsels an offense, not being present at its commission.

{Accessary after the fact}, one who, after an offense, assists or shelters the offender, not being present at the commission of the offense. [1913 Webster]

Note: 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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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