Definition of accidentalist in English:

accidentalist

noun

  • A person who believes that events occur (either generally, or in a particular context) as a result of chance or contingency rather than viewing them as preordained or attributable to a single definite cause.

adjective

  • Designating a theory or belief that events occur as the result of chance or contingency; of or relating to such a theory or belief.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Morning Watch. From accidental + -ist.

Pronunciation:

accidentalist

/ˌaksɪˈdɛnt(ə)lɪst/