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part of speech: noun
definition 1: reasons or causes that are not planned by anyone.
We met by accident.
chance, luck
intent, plan
similar words:
fate, fluke, fortune, hazard
definition 2: an event that happens by chance, especially a harmful one.
My uncle was hurt in a car accident.
similar words:
collision, crash, misfortune, mistake
Word History
The word accident comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall upon" or "to happen." An accident is an event that seems to fall down on us instead of being within our control.
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The word accident contains the following parts:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.
cad, cas, cid2 Latin root that means to fall
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.