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That there were more than one of these latter may be an accident.

By some accident, it had been left unhasped, and yielded easily to her hand.

As there were no bones broken, I blessed the accident and went on deck.

But we had an accident, now, and it fetched all the plans to a standstill.

Now that she had assumed it, though, he could hardly explain that it was an accident.

It was almost midnight when I again entered the accident ward.

At this accident Jason could not help uttering a cry of vexation.

At Topsail Inlet he ran his own vessel aground, as though by accident.

To be "infirm of purpose" is to be at the mercy of the artful or at the disposal of accident.

We went out without any accident, arriving in safety at Cape Henry.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "an occurrence, incident, event," from Old French accident (12c.), from Latin accidentem (nominative accidens), present participle of accidere "happen, fall out, fall upon," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cadere "fall" (see case (n.1)). Meaning grew from "something that happens, an event," to "something that happens by chance," then "mishap." Philosophical sense "non-essential characteristic of a thing" is late 14c. Meaning "unplanned child" is attested by 1932.

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