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Definition of incident noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] something that happens, especially something unusual or unpleasant His bad behavior was just an isolated incident. One particular incident sticks in my mind.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a serious or violent event, such as a crime, an accident, or an attack There was a shooting incident near here last night. The demonstration went off without incident.
  3. 3[countable] a disagreement between two countries, often involving military forces a border/diplomatic incident
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