accidence

[ak-si-duh ns]

noun

the rudiments or essentials of a subject.
Grammar.
  1. the study of inflection as a grammatical device.
  2. the inflections so studied.

Nearby words

  1. accessory spleen,
  2. accessory symptom,
  3. accessory vertebral vein,
  4. accessway,
  5. acciaccatura,
  6. accident,
  7. accident boat,
  8. accident insurance,
  9. accident prone,
  10. accident proneness

Origin of accidence

1500–1510; < Latin accidentia, neuter plural of accidēns (present participle of accidere to fall, befall). See accident

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British Dictionary definitions for accidence

accidence

noun

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 for accidence

C15: from Latin accidentia accidental matters, hence inflections of words, from accidere to happen. See accident

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Word Origin and History for accidence

accidence

n.

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.

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