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accident

ac·ci·dent

accident

 
 
pronunciation:
aek sih dnt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: unknown or unplanned causes of events; chance.
We met each other by accident, not by design.
synonyms:
chance, fortuity, happenstance, luck
antonyms:
intent, plan
similar words:
fate, fluke, fortune, hap, haphazard, hazard, serendipity
definition 2: an event that occurs without human planning or intent.
We didn't know about the contest, so winning the prize was just an accident.
similar words:
coincidence
definition 3: an undesirable or harmful event.
He was killed in a car accident.
 
synonyms:
mishap
similar words:
adversity, collision, contretemps, crack-up, crash, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mistake, pileup, smash-up
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 nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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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.