One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The quality of being accidental; accidental manner or nature.
2A theory or belief which proposes that events occur as a result of chance or contingency, and are not preordained or attributable to a single definite cause.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Ruskin (1819–1900), art critic and social critic. From accidental + -ism.
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