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accidence

[ak-si-duh ns]
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noun
  1. the rudiments or essentials of a subject.
  2. Grammar.
    1. the study of inflection as a grammatical device.
    2. the inflections so studied.
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Origin of accidence

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

  • 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.

  • This will be done by memorizing the rules of accidence and derivation.

  • The Accidence was entitled, Coleti Editio un cum quibusdam, &c.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm

  • But, for all that I am, and have done here, I need not have gone beyond my accidence.

    Charlemont

    W. Gilmore Simms


British Dictionary definitions for accidence

accidence

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

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

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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