Adjective "accident" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
  1. mass noun 'if you are unable to work owing to accident or sickness'
  2. 'In the most favourable situation, there is only material damage, but often an accident causes physical injuries or even death.'
  3. 'Except Lucio just had a bone removed from his hip and put into his wrist, to help him recover from a motorcycle accident injury, so it's down to me and Dave to cook.'
  4. 'Air accident investigators are probing the cause of the incident.'
  5. 'Most of these accidents and injuries are irreversible, and a company cannot hand out a sincere apology and have the victim know for certain that they mean it - so they express their remorse with a cheque.'
  6. 'Doctors say he is making satisfactory progress after suffering extensive injuries in the accident five weeks ago today.'
  7. 'As noted earlier, the NTSB defines any event that led to human injury, death, or serious equipment damage as an accident.'
  8. 'Your liability coverage will protect you if you cause an accident that results in damage or injuries, up to the limits of your policy.'
  9. 'Air accident investigators say the incident was ‘serious’ and are checking instructions from air traffic control.'
  10. 'I have heard of injuries from similar accidents, but none as severe as this.'
  11. 'Currently, surgeons are forced to use grafts taken from other areas of a patient's body to replace skin damaged in burns and accidents, but this is difficult in patients who are badly injured.'
  12. 'A campaign has been launched to reduce the speed limit on a road following an accident where a car landed on its roof in a field.'
  13. 'During his career, he has attended road accidents, air crashes, forest fires and blazing thatched cottages.'
  14. 'A large number of studies have investigated the relationship between skid resistance and road vehicle accidents.'
  15. 'A stretch of the N7 east of Naas was the location for another two fatal accidents with 34 other accidents causing injury.'
  16. 'Cameras are only ever installed for public safety reasons at sites which have a history of fatal accidents or serious injuries over the previous three years, along with documented evidence of speeding.'
  17. 'And special squads of doctors are being set up to go out to the scene of road traffic accidents to look after crash victims.'
  18. 'Both Salford and Manchester city councils say there are currently unaware of any pending claims resulting from road accidents involving cars on tram lines.'
  19. 'But it has been proved that actually defective vehicles have contributed to accidents on Zambian roads.'
  20. 'A teenage driver was killed when his car collided head-on with a heavy goods vehicle in a horrific accident on a major road near York.'
  21. 'But in 1971 doctors had thought she would not live after being critically injured in a car accident in Thornton Road.'
  22. 'he had a little accident, but I washed his shorts out'
An event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause.
  1. 'it is no accident that Manchester has produced more than its fair share of professional comics'
  2. 'For too long we have regarded the extinction of Neanderthals as a chance historical accident.'
  3. 'Through the fortunate accident of having a tedious instructor I had gained a year!'
  4. 'If life is very much a matter of chance - and of accident, then it follows that it is people not doctrines who count.'
  5. 'Such a culture cannot accept that accidents - in nature just as in social life - are just that, unintended and coincidental.'
  6. 'He got hold of the property by the merest accident, and as soon as he did he began his work by attacking three unfortunate orphans on the estate.'
  7. 'As soon as you examine the alternative you see what good fortune this accident of human demographics has bestowed on us.'
  8. 'Yet the war did not really result from bad luck or accident; beneath a contingent process lay profound causes.'
  9. 'It is an accident that my ancestors smuggled a lot of confiscated gold out of Nazi Germany when they negotiated safe passage from the Vatican.'
  10. 'As a result, they welcomed successful accidents and chance events.'
  11. 'Thus, accidents or chance events function as sites around which narratives of individual difference can collocate.'
  12. 'members belong to the House of Lords through hereditary right or accident of birth'
  13. 'All to make sure that the children get the opportunities they were denied by mere accident of birth.'
  14. 'By accident of birth, most, but not all American leaders, were born in the United States.'
  15. 'Although Colin Byrne was hooked on golf from an early age his transformation into one of the world's leading caddies was more accident than destiny.'
  16. 'By accident, by fate, by the meandering path that is parenthood, we become experts at things we thought we had no business knowing.'
  17. 'That's the real lesson I learned in East Timor: that as an accident of birth some of us have been handed fortunate lives.'
  18. 'By accident, though, Clancy came close to the ideal because he suppressed personal conceits and put his body on the line for the benefit of others.'
  19. 'For the other 90 per cent, it is viewed at best as quaint, but more often as a monstrous and grotesque accident of birth.'
  20. 'The best ways to find a shoe tree are luck, accident, or word of mouth.'
  21. 'By accident of history and geography, the balance of seats in Parliament never accurately reflects the balance of votes cast.'
  22. 'By accident it was found to stimulate hair growth and a topical lotion was developed for men.'
(in Aristotelian thought) a property of a thing which is not essential to its nature.
  1. 'It does not tell me that I am a substance (that is, an independently existing object) as opposed to an accident or property.'
  2. 'It is only when we call it ‘black’ that we introduce a new entity into the structure, an accident.'
  3. 'The new element is existence, which Avicenna regarded as an accident, a property of things.'

More definitions

1. an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: automobile accidents.

2. Law. such a happening resulting in injury that is in no way the fault of the injured person for which compensation or indemnity is legally sought.

3. any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan or cause.

4. chance; fortune; luck: I was there by accident.

5. a fortuitous circumstance, quality, or

More examples(as adjective)

"insurers can be accident."


Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘an event’): via Old French from Latin accident- ‘happening’, from the verb accidere, from ad- ‘towards, to’ + cadere ‘to fall’.


accident and emergency
an accident waiting to happen
accidents will happen in the best regulated families
by accident
without accident