incident

[ in-si-duhnt ]
/ ˈɪn sɪ dənt /

noun

adjective

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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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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