Accidence meaning

ăksĭ-dəns, -dĕns
The part of grammar that deals with the inflection of words.
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The section of morphology that deals with the inflections of words.
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The elementary or first parts of a subject; rudiments.
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(grammar) The accidents, of inflections of words; the rudiments of grammar. - John Milton.
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A book containing the first principles of grammar, and so of the rudiments of any subject or art.
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The rudiments of any subject. - James Russell Lowell.
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Origin of accidence

  • Middle English from Late Latin accidentia from Latin accidēns accident- accident accident

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin accidentia (“accidental matters”), from accidens, present participle of accidere (“to happen”)

    From Wiktionary

  • (grammar): First attested in the mid 15th century.

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in the late 14th century.

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