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accident (s) (noun), accidents (pl)
1. An undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: Jean broke her left leg by accident when she fell down the stairs.

A three-car accident tied up the highway traffic for five hours.

2. In law, a situation resulting in injury that is in no way the fault of the injured person for which compensation or indemnity is legally sought: The lawyer explained that the accident involving her client was not his fault and he should not be charged by the police.
3. Any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan or reason: Tamika met her best friend purely by accident when she was shopping at the Farmers' Market.
4. By chance; fortune; luck: Sam arrived just in time for a meeting by accident because he didn't know when it was supposed to start.
5. A fortuitous circumstance, quality, or characteristic: It was a fortuitous accident that the house that Jake bought was on the north side of the street so his children could go to the school just across the park.
6. Etymology: "an occurrence, an incident, or an event"; from Old French accident (12th century), from Latin accidentem, accidens, accidere, "to happen, to fall out, to fall upon"; from ad-, "to" + cadere, "to fall".
This entry is located in the following units: cad-, cas-, cid- (page 1) -ent (page 1)