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  • adv. By chance; by reason of an accidental, incidental or non-essential circumstance; contingently; indirectly.


From Late Latin conversio per accidens, English from 1425. (Wiktionary)


  • St. Thomas Aquinas and his school adopted the Aristotelian view, “Mulier est erratum naturae, et mas occasionatus, et per accidens generatur; atque ideo est monstrum.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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