Definition of accidence in English:

accidence

Line breaks: ac¦ci|dence
Pronunciation: /ˈaksɪd(ə)ns
 
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noun

[mass noun] dated
  • The part of grammar that deals with the inflections of words.
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    • It was an approach primarily focused on syntax, accidence, and grammar with little attention focused on the culture, art, philosophy, science, religion, or the general society of ancient Greece and Rome.
    • He was sent to Gloucester Grammar School, but becoming ‘mired’ in his Latin accidence was apprenticed to a waterman, pressed for the navy, and was present at the siege of Cadiz.
    • He can make himself understood, given a few nouns, pronouns, verbs and numerals, without troubling himself in the slightest about accidence.

Origin

early 16th century: from late Latin accidentia (translation of Greek parepomena 'things happening alongside'), neuter plural of the present participle of accidere 'happen' (see accident).

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