incident

[ in-si-duhnt ]
/ ˈɪn sɪ dənt /

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. inchoation,
  2. inchoative,
  3. inchon,
  4. inchworm,
  5. incidence,
  6. incident point,
  7. incidental,
  8. incidental music,
  9. incidental parasite,
  10. incidentally

Origin of incident

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin incident- (stem of incidēns a happening, noun use of present participle of Latin incidere to befall), equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + -cid- (combining form of cad- fall) + -ent- -ent; cf. cadence

Related formsin·ci·dent·less, adjectivenon·in·ci·dent, noun, adjective

Can be confusedincidence incidents incidental

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British Dictionary definitions for incident

incident

/ (ˈɪnsɪdənt) /

noun

adjective

Word Origin for incident

C15: from Medieval Latin incidens an event, from Latin incidere, literally: to fall into, hence befall, happen, from in- ² + cadere to fall

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