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1an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury:he had an accident at the factory if you are unable to work owing to accident or sickness [as modifier]:an accident investigator a crash involving road or other vehicles, typically one that causes serious damage or injury:four people were killed in a car accident informal used euphemistically to refer to an incidence of incontinence, typically by a child or an animal. 2an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause:the pregnancy was an accident it is no accident that my tale features a tragic romance the working of fortune; chance:my faith is an accident of birth, not a matter of principled commitment he came to Harvard largely through accident 3 Philosophy (in Aristotelian thought) a property of a thing that is not essential to its nature.
1a potentially disastrous situation, typically caused by negligent or faulty procedures. 2a person certain to cause trouble.