ac·​ci·​dence | \ˈak-sə-dən(t)s, -ˌden(t)s\

Definition of accidence 

: a part of grammar that deals with inflections

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But there also were people there who became celebrities by the accidence of violence. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "'They Come for My Rights in the Morning, They Will Come for Yours in the Afternoon.'," 15 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of accidence

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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