- the part of grammar that deals with the inflection of words
- the elementary or first parts of a subject; rudiments
Origin of accidenceMiddle English accidens, inflection from Classical Latin accidentia, that which happens from accidens: see accident
The section of morphology that deals with the inflections of words.
Origin of accidenceMiddle English from Late Latin accidentia from Latin accidēns accident- accident ; see accident .
- First attested in the late 14th century.
- (grammar): First attested in the mid 15th century.
- From Latin accidentia (“accidental matters”), from accidens, present participle of accidere (“to happen”)