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    Default accident vs incident

    I've always thought "accident" is something unintended such as "car accident", while "incident" is something intended such as "homocide incident". What do you think?

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    Default Re: accident vs incident

    I don't think so. While it's true that accident is unintentional, incident refers to a particular happenin. I may or may not happen by chance.

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    Default Re: accident vs incident

    Quote Originally Posted by viettran View Post
    I don't think so. While it's true that an accident is unintentional, an incident refers to a particular happening. It may or may not happen by chance.
    viettran, please remember to state that you are not a teacher at the beginning of each post.

    Basically, an accident can also be an incident. An incident might refer to an accident.

    The M25 motorway is closed tonight after a serious incident - at 9pm there was an accident involving 23 cars.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: accident vs incident

    An 'incident' is more so the event that occurs, while an 'accident' is a very basic description of the event.

    The definition of 'incident' is: An event or occurrence.
    The definition of 'accident' is: An unfortunate incident (or event) that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
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    Default Re: accident vs incident

    Okay, it seems "incident" is a general term, whether it's intentional or unintentional, while "accident" is unitentional. My idea has been wrong.
    So for intentional ones like a homicide completely planned and intended by a killer, can we just say "The homicide was an intentional incident"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Okay, it seems "incident" is a general term, whether it's intentional or unintentional, while "accident" is unitentional. My idea has been wrong.
    So for intentional ones like a homicide completely planned and intended by a killer, can we just say "The homicide was an intentional incident"?
    The word homicide itself implies intentional. So with your sentence, it becomes redundant.

    The definition of 'homicide' is: The deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another; murder.
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    Default Re: accident vs incident

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    The word homicide itself implies intentional. So with your sentence, it becomes redundant.

    The definition of 'homicide' is: The deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another; murder.
    Homicide | Define Homicide at Dictionary.com

    Not in my dictionary. Homicide need not be intentional.

    Criminal homicide takes several forms and includes certain unintentional killings.
    Homicide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: accident vs incident

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    So for intentional ones like a homicide completely planned and intended by a killer, can we just say "The homicide was an intentional incident"?
    It's not a natural sentence for me. You could say that a killing was intentional, but adding incident doesn't improve things IMO.

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