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Grammatical inflection (sometimes known as accidence or flection in more traditional grammars) is the way in which a word is changed or altered in form in order to achieve a new, specific meaning.
The other parts of speech that can undergo inflection are nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs. These are categorized collectively under the term declension.
The section of morphology that deals with the inflections of words.
[Middle English, from Late Latin accidentia, from Latin accidēns, accident-, accident; see accident.]
(Grammar) inflectional morphology; the part of grammar concerned with changes in the form of words by internal modification or by affixation, for the expression of tense, person, case, number, etc
[C15: from Latin accidentia accidental matters, hence inflections of words, from accidere to happen. See accident]
ac•ci•dence(ˈæk sɪ dəns)
1. the study of inflection as a grammatical device.
2. the inflections so studied.
[1500–1510; < Medieval Latin accidentia, appar. orig. neuter pl. of Latin accidēns accident, as translation of Greek parepómena literally, accompanying things]
the aspect of grammar that deals with inflections and word order.See also: Grammar
The part of grammar that deals with inflections of words.