[ ak-si-duh ns ]
/ ˈæk sɪ dəns /
the rudiments or essentials of a subject.
- the study of inflection as a grammatical device.
- the inflections so studied.
Origin of accidence
1500–1510; < Latin accidentia, neuter plural of accidēns (present participle of accidere to fall, befall). See accident
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Examples from the Web for accidences
The phenomenal side, the unessential in the substance, and the contingent in the necessary, are accidences.A History of Philosophy in Epitome|Albert Schwegler
British Dictionary definitions for accidences
/ (ˈæksɪdəns) /
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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