[ ak-sen-choo-uh l ]
/ ækˈsɛn tʃu əl /


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 forms

ac·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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British Dictionary definitions for accentual


/ (ækˈsɛntʃʊəl) /


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 Forms

accentually, adverb
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