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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Definitions for accidence

  1. the rudiments or essentials of a subject.
  2. Grammar. a. the study of inflection as a grammatical device. b. the inflections so studied.

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Citations for accidence
Now, the subjective determination of yourself you apply to an external; the accidence of your Ego you change into an accidence of the thing, which is to be external, of a substance which is to be extended in and to fill up space. Johann Gottlieb Fichte, translated by A.E. Kroeger, Science of Knowledge, 1868
...that is, presented in its broadest and most lasting aspects, freed from individual accidence of one place or of one situation; free also from the accidence of individual perception on the part of man, and thus corresponding to the laws which govern man's perception and man's fundamental desire for harmony. Charles Waldstein, Greek Sculpture and Modern Art, 1914
Origin of accidence
1500-1510
Accidence likely comes from the Latin grammatical term accidentia which referred to the part of grammar dealing with inflection. This sense was then extended to the broader fundamentals of a subject. Predictably, though, accidence is related to the word accident, from the Latin accidere meaning "to befall."