incident

incident, incidental adjectives.
Incident has been almost entirely replaced as an adjective by incidental, so that a sentence such as Those in the highest station have their incident cares and troubles now sounds decidedly dated. This freeing of incident from its older role as an adjective has coincided with its greatly increased use as a noun with the meaning ‘a particular episode or distinct event receiving general attention’, a use in which it can refer to a wide range of events from the most important (terrorist attacks, leakages of radiation from nuclear power stations, and so on) to the most minor or trivial (domestic arguments, demonstrations at meetings, traffic mishaps, etc.). In police use it has a special application reflected in the compound forms incident book, incident room, etc., in which incident is not an adjective but the noun used attributively.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Incident — In ci*dent, a. [L. incidens, entis, p. pr. & of incidere to fall into or upon; pref. in in, on + cadere to fall: cf. F. incident. See {Cadence}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a reflecting surface. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incident — [in′sə dənt] adj. [OFr < ML < prp. of L incidere, to fall upon < in , on + cadere, to fall: see CASE1] 1. likely to happen as a result or concomitant; incidental (to) [the cares incident to parenthood] 2. falling upon, striking, or… …   English World dictionary

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  • incident — ► NOUN 1) an event or occurrence. 2) a violent event, such as an attack. 3) the occurrence of dangerous or exciting events: the plane landed without incident. ► ADJECTIVE 1) (incident to) resulting from. 2) (of light or other radiation) falling …   English terms dictionary

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