from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An honorable mention in an academic contest.
  • n. A vote in the election of a pope.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In English and other colleges, a certificate or prize awarded to a student of second (or lower) merit: as, second accessit, third, fourth, etc., accessit.
  • n. In the election of a pope, an opportunity given the members of the conclave, after each ballot, to revise their votes.


From Latin accessit ("he came near"), from accēdō ("approach"). (Wiktionary)


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