accidence (n.) late 14c., in philosophy, "non-essential or incidental characteristic," also "part of grammar dealing with inflection" (mid-15c.), in some cases a misspelling of accidents, or else directly from L. accidentia (used as a term in grammar by Quintilian), neuter plural of accidens, prp. of accidere (see ACCIDENT (Cf. accident)). The grammar sense is because they change in accordance with use.

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  • Accidence — Ac ci*dence, n. [A corruption of Eng. accidents, pl. of accident. See {Accident}, 2.] 1. The accidents, of inflections of words; the rudiments of grammar. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. The rudiments of any subject. Lowell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accidence — [ak′sə dəns] n. [ME accidens, inflection < L accidentia, that which happens < accidens: see ACCIDENT] 1. the part of grammar that deals with the inflection of words 2. the elementary or first parts of a subject; rudiments …   English World dictionary

  • accidence — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin accidentia inflections of words, nonessential qualities, plural of accident , accidens, noun Date: 15th century a part of grammar that deals with inflections …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • accidence — /ak si deuhns/, n. 1. the rudiments or essentials of a subject. 2. Gram. a. the study of inflection as a grammatical device. b. the inflections so studied. [1500 1510; < L accidentia, neut. pl. of ACCIDENS (prp. of accidere to fall, befall). See… …   Universalium

  • accidence — noun /ˈæksɪdəns/ a) The accidents, of inflections of words; the rudiments of grammar b) a book containing the first principles of grammar, and so of the rudiments of any subject or art See Also: accident …   Wiktionary

  • accidence — (a ksi dan s ) s. f. Terme de philosophie. Qualité, état, possibilité d être de l accident. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Accidentia, de accidens, accident …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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