the rudiments or essentials of a subject.
the study of inflection as a grammatical device.
the inflections so studied.
The phenomenal side, the unessential in the substance, and the contingent in the necessary, are accidences.
A History of Philosophy in Epitome Albert Schwegler
inflectional morphology; the part of grammar concerned with changes in the form of words by internal modification or by affixation, for the expression of tense, person, case, number, etc
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 Latin accidentia (used as a term in grammar by Quintilian), neuter plural of accidens, present participle of accidere (see accident). The grammar sense is because they change in accordance with use.
- Accident boat
a boat kept suspended outboard so that it can be lowered immediately if someone falls overboard.
an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: automobile accidents. 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. any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate […]
- Accident insurance
insurance providing for loss resulting from accidental bodily injury. Historical Examples We have written, I presume, millions of policies of accident insurance upon persons engaged in industrial occupation. Proceedings, Third National Conference Workmen’s Compensation for Industrial Accidents Various Fred was assiduous in his cultivation of the force; he called it “accident insurance.” Making Money Owen […]
tending to have more accidents or mishaps than the average person. adjective more liable than most people to be involved in accidents
- Accident proneness
noun the unconscious tendency, thought to exist in some people, to involve themselves in a large number of accidents