One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The fact or condition of acceding to or aiding in a crime or misdeed; secondary involvement. Compare "accessariness". Frequently with to, †unto.
2The quality or condition of being supplementary or subordinate; secondariness.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Vines's Treatise Lords-supper. From accessory + -ness.
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