Definition of accidence
: a part of grammar that deals with inflections
Origin and Etymology of accidence
Middle English accidens “set of grammatical endings,” borrowed from Late Latin accidentia “categories applicable to a word class (such as gender, number, and case for nouns),” from neuter plural of Latin accident-, accidens “contingent attribute” — more at accident
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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