Definition of accident
- Their meeting was an accident.
- They met by accident rather than by design.
- was involved in a traffic accident
- a cerebrovascular accident
- The puppy had an accident on the rug.
- the accident of nationality
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He was injured in an accident at work.
The accident happened when her car slid on a patch of ice.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident.
Their meeting was an accident.
She says that her pregnancy was an accident.
Accident is just one of many words in the English language to come down to us from the Latin verb cadere, meaning "to fall." Among the others are "deciduous" (an adjective used to describe something, such as leaves, which fall off or shed seasonally or at a certain stage of development in the life cycle), "cascade" (which can mean, among other things, "a steep fall of water" or "something falling or rushing forth"),"cadence" ("a falling inflection of the voice"), and "decay" ("to fall into ruin"). "Chance," which functions as a synonym of "accident" in one sense, is also a "cadere" descendant.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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