- the rudiments or essentials of a subject.
- the study of inflection as a grammatical device.
- the inflections so studied.
Origin of accidence
Examples from the Web for accidences
The phenomenal side, the unessential in the substance, and the contingent in the necessary, are accidences.A History of Philosophy in Epitome
- inflectional morphology; the part of grammar concerned with changes in the form of words by internal modification or by affixation, for the expression of tense, person, case, number, etc
Word Origin and History for accidences
late 14c., in philosophy, "non-essential or incidental characteristic," also "part of grammar dealing with inflection" (mid-15c.), in some cases a misspelling of accidents, or else directly from Latin accidentia (used as a term in grammar by Quintilian), neuter plural of accidens, present participle of accidere (see accident). The grammar sense is because they change in accordance with use.