Accident

Noun

  • (law) casus; such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation.
  • (transport, vehicles) Especially, a collision or similar unintended event that causes damage or death.

    "My insurance went up after the second accident in three months."

  • Any property, fact, or relation that is the result of chance or is nonessential.

    "Beauty is an accident."

  • (philosophy, logic) A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness.
  • (heraldry) A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.
  • (uncountable, philosophy, uncommon) Appearance, manifestation.
  • (transport, vehicles) Especially, a collision or similar unintended event that causes damage or death.

    "There was a huge accident on I5 involving 15 automobiles."

  • (uncountable) Chance.
  • (euphemistic) An unintended pregnancy.
  • (geology) An irregular surface feature with no apparent cause.
  • (military) An unplanned event that results in injury (including death) or occupational illness to person(s) and/or damage to property, exclusive of injury and/or damage caused by action of an enemy or hostile force.
  • An unexpected event with negative consequences occurring without the intention of the one suffering the consequences.

    "to die by an accident"

  • Any chance event.
  • (euphemistic) An instance of incontinence.
  • (grammar) A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.

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