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    accessory or accessary

    Hi guys,
    There is a legal term that refers to the person which is an accomplice to some crime.
    But I am not sure about spelling. Should it be accessory or accessary?

    Is there any diffrence between those two and the word 'accomplice'?

    She's serving life for acting as an accomplice to murder

    How do you say it with this word accessory/accessary?

    Best wishes

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    Re: accessory or accessary

    In Br English I've only ever come accross "-ory", but see here: accessary - Wiktionary

    An accessory gives some kind of aid in the commission of a crime (before or after it - for example, if a mother tries to hide her son's guilt of a murder by hiding the evidence, she's an 'accessory after the fact'). An accomplice is involved either in committing the crime or in planning it.

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    Re: accessory or accessary

    Thanks for answer.

    I've got another question on legal terms.
    Is there any diffrence between misdemeanour, offence, crime and felony?


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    Re: accessory or accessary

    Felony is an act of crime perpetrated intentionally, for which the law orders the infliction of imprisonment. Any other acts of crime are misdemeanours .

    Offence means transgression of the law, usually less serios than felony.

    Crime is an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state.


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    Re: accessory or accessary

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Felony is an act of crime perpetrated intentionally, for which the law orders the infliction of imprisonment. Any other acts of crime are misdemeanours .

    Offence means transgression of the law, usually less serios than felony.

    Crime is an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state.
    Well, I am a little surprise by your definitions. I always thought that felony is that kind of crime that is very hard, like murder ot treason. And crime is something more general. And misdemeanour is a very very light offence like barking dog that disturb peace.
    What do you think of that?


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    #6

    Re: accessory or accessary

    Hi guys,


    Does those legal terms mean the same?
    accusation - charge - allegation

    defendant - accussed

    Is there any slight difference between them?

    Thanks in advance

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