incident

[in-si-duhnt]
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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

Synonyms for incident

1. happening. See event.
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British Dictionary definitions for non-incident

incident

noun

a distinct or definite occurrence; event
a minor, subsidiary, or related event or action
a relatively insignificant event that might have serious consequences, esp in international politics
a public disturbancethe police had reports of an incident outside a pub
the occurrence of something interesting or excitingthe trip was not without incident

adjective

(postpositive foll by to) related (to) or dependent (on)
(when postpositive, often foll by to) having a subsidiary or minor relationship (with)
(esp of a beam of light or particles) arriving at or striking a surfaceincident electrons

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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Word Origin and History for non-incident

incident

adj.

"conducive (to), contributing (to)," early 15c., from Middle French incident (adj.) or directly from Latin incidens, present participle of incidere (see incident (n.)).

incident

n.

early 15c., "something which occurs casually in connection with something else," from Middle French incident and directly from Latin incidentem (nominative incidens), present participle of incidere "happen, befall," from in- "on" + -cidere, comb. form of cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Sense of "an occurrence viewed as a separate circumstance" is from mid-15c. Meaning "event that might trigger a crisis or political unrest" first attested 1913.

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