Meaning of ACCIDENT in English

ACCIDENT

noun

1.

absence of positive plan or intent

we stopped there by accident

Synonyms: chance, fortuity, hap, luck

Related Word: fluke, fortune, hazard

Contrasted words: design, premeditation

Antonyms: intent

2.

a chance event bringing injury, loss, or distress

the school was closed by an accident to the heating system

Synonyms: casualty, misadventure, mischance, mishap

Related Word: calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy; misfortune; chance, destiny, fate, kismet

Contrasted words: foreordination, predestination

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