accident

[ak-si-duhnt]
noun
1.
an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: automobile accidents.
2.
Law. such a happening resulting in injury that is in no way the fault of the injured person for which compensation or indemnity is legally sought.
3.
any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan or cause.
4.
chance; fortune; luck: I was there by accident.
5.
a fortuitous circumstance, quality, or characteristic: an accident of birth.
6.
Philosophy. any entity or event contingent upon the existence of something else.
7.
Geology. a surface irregularity, usually on a small scale, the reason for which is not apparent.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin accident- (stem of accidēns happening, present participle of accidere to befall), equivalent to ac- ac- + -cid-, combining form of cad- fall + -ent- -ent

postaccident, adjective

accident, Occident.


1. mischance, misfortune, misadventure; contingency; disaster.


4. design, intent.
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accident (ˈæksɪdənt)
 
n
1.  an unforeseen event or one without an apparent cause
2.  anything that occurs unintentionally or by chance; chance; fortune: I met him by accident
3.  a misfortune or mishap, esp one causing injury or death
4.  logic, philosophy Also called: adjunct a nonessential attribute or characteristic of something (as opposed to substance)
5.  metaphysics a property as contrasted with the substance in which it inheres
6.  geology a surface irregularity in a natural formation, esp in a rock formation or a river system
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin accident- chance, happening, from the present participle of accidere to befall, happen, from ad- to + cadere to fall]

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accident
late 14c., "an occurrence, incident, event," from O.Fr. accident (12c.), from L. accidentum (nom. accidens, gen. accidentis), prp. of accidere "happen, fall out, fall upon," from ad- "to" + cadere "fall" (see case (1)). Meaning grew from "something that happens, an event,"
to "something that happens by chance," then "mishap."
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Example sentences
The company has also had four crashes, including an accident in which there was
  an injury or fatality, according to the agency.
Most academics find their way into administrative work by accident.
Initial reports suggest that stormy weather may have contributed to the
  accident.
It's a measure of the health fears immediately after the accident that this
  number comes as a relief.
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