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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.
Verbs are the most commonly inflected words, changing form to reflect grammatical tense, as well as mood, voice, aspect, person, and speech. Collectively, this is known as conjugation.
The other parts of speech that can undergo inflection are nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs. These are categorized collectively under the term declension.
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 (ăk′sĭ-dəns, -dĕns′)
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]


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.accidence - the part of grammar that deals with the inflections of wordsaccidence - the part of grammar that deals with the inflections of words
morphology - studies of the rules for forming admissible words


[ˈæksɪdəns] Naccidentes mpl


n (Gram) → Formenlehre f
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Moreover, he had written a Latin Accidence, which was used in schools more than half a century after his death; so that the good old man, even in his grave, was still the cause of trouble and stripes to idle schoolboys.
My father had the contempt of familiarity with it, having himself written a very brief sketch of our accidence, and he seems to have let me plunge into the sea of Spanish verbs and adverbs, nouns and pronouns, and all the rest, when as yet I could not confidently call them by name, with the serene belief that if I did not swim I would still somehow get ashore without sinking.
She had worked even at the Latin accidence, fondly hoping that she might be capable of instructing him in that language.
We have our role of first plan not by accidence, but rather in a miracle way while the perspectives of the communities (where we take place by searching for our identity) intersect.
At the heart of logology is the accidence of letters, not the similarity of sound.
Accordingly, we drop the option of the buyer to influence accidence probabilities and make the latter completely exogenous.
He said when this accidence took placed, he was in Karachi.
The definition of a road danger zone is meant for places on the roads where accidence occur frequently.