Meaning of INCIDENT in English


n. & adj.

n. 1 a an event or occurrence. b a minor or detached event attracting general attention or noteworthy in some way. 2 a hostile clash, esp. of troops of countries at war (a frontier incident). 3 a distinct piece of action in a play or a poem. 4 Law a privilege, burden, etc., attaching to an obligation or right.

adj. 1 a (often foll. by to) apt or liable to happen; naturally attaching or dependent. b (foll. by to) Law attaching to. 2 (often foll. by on, upon) (of light etc.) falling or striking.

[ ME f. F incident or L incidere (as IN-(2), cadere fall) ]

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