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- 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)