Meaning of accidentalism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaksɪˈdɛntlɪz(ə)m/


  • 1The quality of being accidental; accidental manner or nature.

  • 2A theory or belief which proposes that events occur as a result of chance or contingency, and are not preordained or attributable to a single definite cause.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Ruskin (1819–1900), art critic and social critic. From accidental + -ism.