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Definitions of accident

  1. a mishap; especially one causing injury or death Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Literally, a befalling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an undesigned, sudden, and unexpected event; chance; contingency; often, an undesigned and unforeseen occurrence of an afflictive or unfortunate character; a casualty; a mishap; as, to die by an accident. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Unusual appearance or effect. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. An unexpected event, generally unfortunate. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. That which happens: an unforeseen or unexpected event: chance: an unessential quality or property. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. An unforeseen event; chance; mishap. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Something that happens undesignedly; a casualty; mishap. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Anything which happens; generally an unintended or unexpected untoward occurrence; a mishap; also what happens blindly and without intelligent design. A property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Something taking place unexpectedly; an event not foreseen; a quality not essential. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. An unforeseeable and unexpected turn of events that causes loss in value, injury, and increased liabilities. The event is not deliberately caused and is not inevitable. Refer to incident. thelawdictionary.org
  17. Practice. This term in chancery jurisprudence, signifies such unforeseen events, misfortunes, losses, acts or omissions, as are not the result of any negligence or misconduct in the party. Francis' Max. M. 120, p. 87; 1 Story on Eq. 78. Jeremy defines it as used in courts of equity, to be " an occurrence in relation to a contract, which was not anticipated by the parties, when the same was entered into, and which gives an undue advantage to one of them over the other in a court of law." Jer. on Eq. 358. This definition is objected to, because as accident may arise in relation to other things besides contracts, it is inaccurate in confining accidents to contracts; besides, it does not exclude cases of unanticipated occurrences, resulting from the negligence or misconduct of the party seeking relief. 1 Story on Eq. 78, note 1. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  18. In general, courts of equity will relieve a party who cannot obtain justice in consequence of an accident, which will justify the interposition of a court of equity. The jurisdiction being concurrent, will be maintained only, first, when a court of law cannot grant suitable relief; and, secondly, when the party has a conscientious title to relief. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  19. Many accidents are redressed in a court of law; as loss of deeds, mistakes in receipts and accounts, wrong payments, death, which makes it impossible to perform a condition literally, and a multitude of other contingencies; and many cannot be redressed even in a court of equity; is if by accident a recovery is ill suffered, a contingent remainder destroyed, or a power of leasing omitted in a family settlement. 3 Bl. Comm. 431. Vide, generally, Com. Dig. Chancery, 3 F 8; 1 Fonb. Eq. B. 1, c. 3, s. 7; Coop. Eq. PI. 129; 1 Chit. Pr. 408; Harr. Ch. Index, h. t.; Dane's Ab. h. t.; Wheat. Dig. 48; Mitf. Pl. Index, h. t.; 1 Madd. Ch. Pr. 23; 10 Mod. R. 1, 3; 3 Chit. Bl. Com. 426, n. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  20. ak'sid-ent, n. that which happens: an unforeseen or unexpected event: chance: an unessential quality or property.--adj. ACCIDENT'AL, happening by chance: not essential.--n. anything not essential.--ns. ACCIDENT'ALISM, ACCIDENTAL'ITY.--adv. ACCIDENT'ALLY.--THE CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS, the unforeseen course of events. [L. accid[)e]re, to happen--ad, to, cad[)e]re, to fall.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. A casualty; an unforeseen event. The French-like older English writers-use the term in nearly the same sense as symptom. It means also an unexpected symptom. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  22. Event without apparent cause, unexpected (so chapter of aa., unforeseen course of events); unintentional act, chance, fortune, (by a.); mishap; irregularity in structure; a property not essential to our conception of a substance (so of material qualities of bread and wine after transubstantiation); a mere accessory. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. A mishap; chance; unintentional act. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  24. an which is not expected ; casualty; contingency;— pl. the properties and qualities of the parts of speech, as gender, number, and case. Cabinet Dictionary
  25. The property or quality of any being, which may be separated from it, at least in thought; in grammar, the property of a word; that which, happens unforeseen; casualty, chance. Complete Dictionary

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