Definition of accidence in English:

accidence

noun

  • The part of grammar that deals with the inflections of words.

    • ‘It was an approach primarily focused on syntax, accidence, and grammar with little attention focused on the culture, art, philosophy, science, religion, or the general society of ancient Greece and Rome.’
    • ‘He was sent to Gloucester Grammar School, but becoming ‘mired’ in his Latin accidence was apprenticed to a waterman, pressed for the navy, and was present at the siege of Cadiz.’
    • ‘He can make himself understood, given a few nouns, pronouns, verbs and numerals, without troubling himself in the slightest about accidence.’
    • ‘His soliloquies on fate and historical accidence, delivered to an overwrought Monty Bodkin, are among the best things that Wodehouse ever wrote.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from late Latin accidentia (translation of Greek parepomena things happening alongside), neuter plural of the present participle of accidere happen (see accident).

Pronunciation:

accidence

/ˈaksədəns/