Noun Accidence Definition and Examples


Noun:

Accidence

Pronunciation:

/ˈaksɪd(ə)ns/

Definition:
1.

noun

The part of grammar that deals with the inflections of words.
  1. 'It was an approach primarily focused on syntax, accidence, and grammar with little attention focused on the culture, art, philosophy, science, religion, or the general society of ancient Greece and Rome.'
  2. 'He can make himself understood, given a few nouns, pronouns, verbs and numerals, without troubling himself in the slightest about accidence.'
((n.) The accidents, of inflections of words; the rudiments of grammar.|--|(n.) The rudiments of any subject.|--|)


Origin:
Early 16th century: from late Latin accidentia (translation of Greek parepomena ‘things happening alongside’), neuter plural of the present participle of accidere ‘happen’ (see accident).

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