accident of birth

noun phrase

: a quality or property due to the circumstances of one's birth
His wealth is a mere accident of birth because he came from a wealthy family.

Examples of accident of birth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This would require imagining a new Rwanda that transcended ethnic differences, in which individual endowment, lofty dreams, hard work, and a bit of luck determined one’s fate rather than the accident of birth. Jonathan M. Hansen, TIME, 7 Apr. 2024 Her accident of birth sent so many questions spinning into the air. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024

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“Accident of birth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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