from The Century Dictionary.

  • Accidental.

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  • adjective obsolete accidental; occurring by chance; occasional
  • adjective obsolete logically accidental; non-essential


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  • Nay, but we will observe their meaning who make use of it; for unto all such parts of worship as are not essential (and which they are pleased to call accidentary), they hold the church may make addition, whereunto I answer, 1.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • As for the third distinction, of adding to the accidentary parts of it, I remember that I heard in the logics, of _pars essentialis_ or _physica, _ and _pars integralis_ or _mathematica_; of _pars similaris_ and _pars dissimilaris_; of _pars continua_ and _pars discreta_; but of

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • If those accidentary parts of worship, which are commanded in the word, be both necessary to be used _necessitate praecepti_, and likewise sufficient means fully adequate and proportioned to that end, for which God hath destinated such parts of his worship as are not essential

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • Either all things by the providence of reason happen unto every particular, as a part of one general body; and then it is against reason that a part should complain of anything that happens for the good of the whole; or if, according to Epicurus, atoms be the cause of all things and that life be nothing else but an accidentary confusion of things, and death nothing else, but a mere dispersion and so of all other things: what doest thou trouble thyself for?


  • _necessaria_, or _minus principalis_ and _non necessaria_; but we cannot understand their _pars cultus accidentaria_ to be _pars integralis non necessaria_, because, then, their distribution of worship into essential and accidentary parts could not answer to the rules of a just distribution, of which one is, that _distributio debet exhaurire totum distributum_.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • (which must be granted by every one who will not accuse the Scripture of some defect and imperfection), then it followeth that other accidentary parts of worship, which the church addeth thereto, are but superfluous and superstitious.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • Our opposites have no other distinctions which they make any use of against this argument, but the very same which Papists use in defence of their unwritten dogmatical traditions, namely, that _additio corrumpens_ is forbidden, but not _additio perficiens_: that there is not alike reason of the Christian church and of the Jewish; that the church may not add to the essential parts of God’s worship, but to the accidentary she may add.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)


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