Meaning of ACCIDENT in English

ACCIDENT

■ noun

1》 an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally.

2》 something that happens by chance or without apparent cause.

↘chance: we met by ~.

3》 Philosophy a property of a thing which is not essential to its nature.

Origin

ME (in the sense 'an event'): via OFr. from L. ~- , accidere , from ad- 'towards, to' + cadere 'to fall'.

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