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Etymology of the English word accident

the English word accident
derived from the Old French word accident
using the Latin prefix accident-
derived from the Latin word accidens (accidental happening, chance event, contingency)
derived from the Latin word accidere (cut, cut into, down; fall upon, down, to; happens, turns out, befalls)
derived from the Latin word ad (to; near; to; to; to; near)
derived from the Latin word cadere (to fall; fall, sink, drop)
derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *kad- (to fall)
derived from the Latin word cidere

Date

The earliest known usage of accident in English dates from the 14th century.

Cognates

French accident, German Akzidenz, Italian accidente, Norwegian aksidens, Spanish accidente

Usage

Word found in Modern English



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