[ ak-si-den-tl-iz-uh m ]
/ ˌæk sɪˈdɛn tlˌɪz əm /


a system of medicine based on the symptoms of a disease, disregarding its origin or cause.
Philosophy. any theory holding that some events have no causes.

Nearby words

  1. accident tout,
  2. accident-prone,
  3. accidental,
  4. accidental death benefit,
  5. accidental hypothermia,
  6. accidentally,
  7. accidentally on purpose,
  8. accidently,
  9. accidentology,
  10. accidie

Origin of accidentalism

First recorded in 1850–55; accidental + -ism

Related formsac·ci·den·tal·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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