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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.
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The part of grammar that deals with inflections of words.
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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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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.
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.
She had worked even at the Latin accidence, fondly hoping that she might be capable of instructing him in that language.
The accidence file was referred to the police bodies concerned for due procedures.
Somewhat ironically, the absence of a single text protects interpretation against linguistic accidence.
Conclusions: LAA closure with the WATCHMAN Device was feasible, efficient, and safe for NVAF to prevent the accidence of stroke in Chinese patients.
An Elementary Welsh Grammar: Phonology and Accidence.
It focuses on common mistakes and what students find difficult, and emphasizes principles of accidence and syntax to decrease rote learning.
the language content: vocabulary, syntax, accidence (127-30);
The senior magistrate pointed out that since KofR insisted that Torre de Manila is a nuisance per accidence, something that becomes a nuisance by reason of circumstances and surroundings, it would require presentation of evidence.
In the first epistle, Speght again describes Swetnam's text as an "illeterate Pamphlet," and in the epistle addressed to Swetnam Speght reiterates the charge, writing to The Araignment's author that in the "excrement of your roaving cogitations you have used such irregularities touching concordance, and observed so disordered a methode, as I doubt not to tell you, that a very Accidence Schollar would have quite put you down in both" (7).
But "To Autumn" binds the "almost" living and the "almost" dead in a vision of nature at this brink: a wailful choir that is borne aloft or sinks, and that does so by the accidence of wind, attended by the sounds of natures breath.