Incident

Definition of Incident

In´ci`dent
a.1.
1.Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a reflecting surface.
2.Coming or happening accidentally; not in the usual course of things; not in connection with the main design; not according to expectation; casual; fortuitous.
3.Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining.
All chances incident to man's frail life.
- Milton.
The studies incident to his profession.
- Milward.
4.(Law) Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.
Incident proposition
(Logic) a proposition subordinate to another, and introduced by who, which, whose, whom, etc.; as, Julius, whose surname was Cæsar, overcame Pompey.
- I. Watts.
n.1.That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty; occurrence.
2.That which happens aside from the main design; an accidental or subordinate action or event.
No person, no incident, in a play but must be of use to carry on the main design.
- Dryden.
3.(Law) Something appertaining to, passing with, or depending on, another, called the principal.

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