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Substance vs. Accident

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Substancenoun

Physical matter; material.

Accidentnoun

An unexpected event with negative consequences occurring without the intention of the one suffering the consequences.

‘to die by an accident’;

Substancenoun

The essential part of anything; the most vital part.

Accidentnoun

Especially, a collision or similar unintended event that causes damage or death.

‘There was a huge accident on I5 involving 15 automobiles.’; ‘My insurance went up after the second accident in three months.’;

Substancenoun

Substantiality; solidity; firmness.

‘Some textile fabrics have little substance.’;

Accidentnoun

Any chance event.

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Substancenoun

Material possessions; estate; property; resources.

‘a man of substance’;

Accidentnoun

(uncountable) Chance.

Substancenoun

A form of matter that has constant chemical composition and characteristic properties.

Accidentnoun

Any property, fact, or relation that is the result of chance or is nonessential.

‘Beauty is an accident.’;

Substancenoun

Drugs illegal narcotics

‘substance abuse’;

Accidentnoun

(euphemistic) An instance of incontinence.

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Substancenoun

(theology) Hypostasis.

Accidentnoun

(euphemistic) An unintended pregnancy.

Substanceverb

To give substance to; to make real or substantial.

Accidentnoun

A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness.

Substancenoun

That which underlies all outward manifestations; substratum; the permanent subject or cause of phenomena, whether material or spiritual; that in which properties inhere; that which is real, in distinction from that which is apparent; the abiding part of any existence, in distinction from any accident; that which constitutes anything what it is; real or existing essence.

‘These cooks, how they stamp, and strain, and grind,And turn substance into accident!’; ‘Heroic virtue did his actions guide,And he the substance, not the appearance, chose.’;

Accidentnoun

(grammar) A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, such as gender, number, or case.

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Substancenoun

The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport.

‘This edition is the same in substance with the Latin.’; ‘It is insolent in words, in manner; but in substance it is not only insulting, but alarming.’;

Accidentnoun

(geology) An irregular surface feature with no apparent cause.

Substancenoun

Body; matter; material of which a thing is made; hence, substantiality; solidity; firmness; as, the substance of which a garment is made; some textile fabrics have little substance.

Accidentnoun

(heraldry) A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.

Substancenoun

Material possessions; estate; property; resources.

‘And there wasted his substance with riotous living.’; ‘Thy substance, valued at the highest rate,Can not amount unto a hundred marks.’; ‘We are destroying many thousand lives, and exhausting our substance, but not for our own interest.’;

Accidentnoun

(legal) casus; such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation.

Substancenoun

Same as Hypostasis, 2.

Accidentnoun

Appearance, manifestation.

Substanceverb

To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich.

Accidentnoun

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.

‘Of moving accidents by flood and field.’; ‘Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident:It is the very place God meant for thee.’;

Substancenoun

that which has mass and occupies space;

‘an atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter’;

Accidentnoun

A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.

Substancenoun

the stuff of which an object consists

Accidentnoun

A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.

Substancenoun

the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience;

‘the gist of the prosecutor's argument’; ‘the heart and soul of the Republican Party’; ‘the nub of the story’;

Accidentnoun

A property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute.

Substancenoun

the idea that is intended;

‘What is the meaning of this proverb?’;

Accidentnoun

Any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident.

‘This accident, as I call it, of Athens being situated some miles from the sea.’;

Substancenoun

considerable capital (wealth or income);

‘he is a man of means’;

Accidentnoun

Unusual appearance or effect.

Substancenoun

what a communication that is about something is about

Accidentnoun

a mishap; especially one causing injury or death

Accidentnoun

anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause

Accidentnoun

an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury

‘if you are unable to work owing to accident or sickness’; ‘he had an accident at the factory’;

Accidentnoun

a crash involving road or other vehicles

‘four people were killed in a road accident’;

Accidentnoun

an incidence of incontinence by a child or animal

‘he had a little accident, but I washed his shorts out’;

Accidentnoun

an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause

‘the pregnancy was an accident’; ‘it is no accident that Manchester has produced more than its fair share of professional comics’;

Accidentnoun

the working of fortune; chance

‘members belong to the House of Lords through hereditary right or accident of birth’;

Accidentnoun

(in Aristotelian thought) a property of a thing which is not essential to its nature.

Accident

An accident is an unintended, normally unwanted event that was not directly caused by humans. The term accident implies that nobody should be blamed, but the event may have been caused by unrecognized or unaddressed risks.

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