- the study of inflection as a grammatical device.
- the inflections so studied.
Origin of accidence
Examples from the Web for accidence
In English the syntax has been enlarged at the expense of the accidence; position has taken the place of forms.
What is Greek accidence, compared to Spartan discipline, if it can be had?The Life of John Sterling|Thomas Carlyle
This will be done by memorizing the rules of accidence and derivation.The Principles of Language-Study|Harold E. Palmer
Accidence: This has been sufficiently described in the texts mentioned above.
At eight years of age he was taught his accidence by a priest.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1|Alexander Pope
British Dictionary definitions for accidence
Word Origin for accidence
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.