[ ak-si-duhnt ]
/ ˈæk sɪ dənt /

WATCH NOW: Are Accidents Always Bad?

WATCH NOW: Are Accidents Always Bad?

As a teenager, I had this one friend who used to call his kid brother “The Accident” every time he got annoyed with him. Does that mean all accidents aren't bad?



Origin of accident

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin accident- (stem of accidēns happening, present participle of accidere to befall), equivalent to ac- ac- + -cid-, combining form of cad- fall + -ent- -ent

Related forms

post·ac·ci·dent, adjective

Can be confused

accident Occident Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accident


/ (ˈæksɪdənt) /


an unforeseen event or one without an apparent cause
anything that occurs unintentionally or by chance; chance; fortuneI met him by accident
a misfortune or mishap, esp one causing injury or death
Also called: adjunct logic philosophy a nonessential attribute or characteristic of something (as opposed to substance)
metaphysics a property as contrasted with the substance in which it inheres
geology a surface irregularity in a natural formation, esp in a rock formation or a river system

Word Origin for accident

C14: via Old French from Latin accident- chance, happening, from the present participle of accidere to befall, happen, from ad- to + cadere to fall
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