[ak-sen-choo-uh l]


of or relating to accent or stress.
Prosody. of or relating to poetry based on the number of stresses, as distinguished from poetry depending on the number of syllables or quantities.

Origin of accentual

1600–10; < Latin accentu(s) (see accent) + -al1
Related formsac·cen·tu·al·i·ty, nounac·cen·tu·al·ly, adverbnon·ac·cen·tu·al, adjectivenon·ac·cen·tu·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of accentual

  • Sherwood Forest, for instance, is a killing field of accentual integrity.

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Historical Examples of accentual

British Dictionary definitions for accentual



of, relating to, or having accents; rhythmic
prosody of or relating to verse based on the number of stresses in a line rather than on the number of syllablesCompare quantitative (def. 3)
Derived Formsaccentually, adverb
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