- 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 accidence
Examples in Syntax, Accidence, and Style, for criticism and correction.Textiles
William H. Dooley
Poor Patty took out her Ladies' Accidence, and turned over the leaves.Little Grandmother
This will be done by memorizing the rules of accidence and derivation.The Principles of Language-Study
Harold E. Palmer
The Accidence was entitled, Coleti Editio un cum quibusdam, &c.The Oxford Reformers
But, for all that I am, and have done here, I need not have gone beyond my accidence.Charlemont
W. Gilmore Simms
- 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 accidence
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.