noun \ˈin(t)-sə-dənt, -ˌdent\

: an unexpected and usually unpleasant thing that happens

: an event or disagreement that is likely to cause serious problems in relations between countries

Full Definition of INCIDENT

:  something dependent on or subordinate to something else of greater or principal importance
a :  an occurrence of an action or situation that is a separate unit of experience :  happening
b :  an accompanying minor occurrence or condition :  concomitant
:  an action likely to lead to grave consequences especially in diplomatic matters <a serious border incident>

Examples of INCIDENT

  1. We just want to put that embarrassing incident behind us.
  2. Two people were shot yesterday in two separate incidents.
  3. Aside from a few isolated incidents, the crowd was well-behaved.
  4. Many such incidents go unreported.
  5. The bombing caused an international incident.

Origin of INCIDENT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin incident-, incidens, from Latin, present participle of incidere to fall into, from in- + cadere to fall — more at chance
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of INCIDENT

:  occurring or likely to occur especially as a minor consequence or accompaniment <the confusion incident to moving day>
:  dependent on or relating to another thing in law
:  falling or striking on something <incident light rays>

First Known Use of INCIDENT

15th century


adjective \ˈin(t)-səd-ənt, -sə-ˌdent\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INCIDENT

: falling or striking on something <incident light rays> <incident radiation>


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