One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1By chance, by virtue of some incidental or non-essential circumstance; contingently, indirectly.
2Logic. Of a conversion: by which the quantity of the proposition is changed from universal to particular. Frequently in "conversion per accidens" (also called conversion by limitation), opposed to "simple conversion".
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Paynell (d. ?1564), translator. From post-classical Latin per accidens from classical Latin per + accidēns, usually after ancient Greek κατὰ συμβεβηκός (Aristotle).
per accidens/pəːr ˈaksɪdɛnz/
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