accession


accession
access, accession
1. as nouns.
The two words are hardly at all interchangeable: accession means arrival or admission, whereas access means the opportunity of arriving or of admission. Accordingly, accession to the throne means becoming sovereign, whereas access to the throne means the right or opportunity to petition the sovereign. An access of a physical or emotional feeling such as fever, fury, joy, despair, is a sudden attack of it regardless of the physical or emotional state beforehand; an accession of strength, or an accession to a library, is something added to an existing stock.
2. as verbs.
Since the 1890s, to accession has meant ‘to enter as a new book in a library’

• (The new books have been promptly accessioned —G. M. Jones, 1892).

More recently, access has taken on a verbal meaning ‘to gain access to (data held in a computer)’, e.g.

• Design engineers can now access the computer directly through terminals in their offices —Scientific American, 1977

• One easily notices that consumers accessing pornography are mostly male —AmE source, 2002 [OEC].

A possible metaphorical application of the computing model of human behaviour may be seen in a new meaning in psychology: ‘to experience (deep feelings)’, as in

• Deciding all of a sudden that he's got to do some grieving, learn to access his rage —New Republic, 1992.

Use of the verb in more generalized contexts, such as The kitchen may be accessed from the dining room, should be avoided (use reach, approach, enter, etc., or rephrase).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • accession — [ aksesjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIe; lat. accessio I ♦ Le fait d accéder. 1 ♦ Vx Arrivée. 2 ♦ (XVIIIe; empr. angl.) Accession au trône, le fait d y monter. ⇒ avènement. 3 ♦ Fig. et mod. Le fait d accéder, d arriver (à un état, une situation) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • accession — ac·ces·sion /ik se shən, ak / n 1: increase by something added; specif: the mode of acquiring property by which the owner of property (as a building, land, or cattle) becomes the owner of an addition by growth, improvement, increase, or labor 2:… …   Law dictionary

  • Accession — (from Lat. accedere , to go to, to approach), in law, a method of acquiring property adopted from Roman law (see: accessio ), by which, in things that have a close connection with or dependence on one another, the property of the principal draws… …   Wikipedia

  • Accession — • Method of acquiring ownership of a thing arising from the fact that it is in some way added to, or is the fruit of something already belonging to oneself Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Accession     Accession …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Accession — Ac*ces sion, n. [L. accessio, fr. accedere: cf. F. accession. See {Accede}.] 1. A coming to; the act of acceding and becoming joined; as, a king s accession to a confederacy. [1913 Webster] 2. Increase by something added; that which is added;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accession — [n1] something that augments, adds to accretion, addition, augmentation, enlargement, extension, increase, increment, raise, rise; concepts 700,775 accession [n2] coming to power assumption, attainment, inauguration, induction, investment,… …   New thesaurus

  • accession — [ak sesh′ən, əksesh′ən] n. [Fr < L accessio < accessus, ACCESS] 1. the act of coming to or attaining (a throne, power, etc.) [the accession of a new king] 2. assent; agreement 3. a) increase by addition b) an item adde …   English World dictionary

  • Accession — (accessio), das Hinzukommen einer Sache, in der Rechtswissenschaft das zu einem Eigenthum hinzukommende Zubehör an Vortheilen und Lasten, nach dem Grundsatze: wem die Hauptsache gehört, dem gehört auch deren Nebensache. Die Accession ist… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Accession — (v. lat. Accessio, Rechtsw.), jede Sache, welche zu einer andern in einem solchen Verhältniß steht, daß sie als Attribut der andern (der Hauptsache) betrachtet wird, deshalb auch von ihr abhängig ist u. ihr Schicksal theilt. Den allgemeinen… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • accession — (n.) act of coming to a position, especially of a throne, 1640s, from L. accessionem (nom. accessio) a going to, joining, increase, noun of action from pp. stem of accedere (see ACCEDE (Cf. accede)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • accession — 1 *addition, accretion, increment Antonyms: discard 2 access, attack, *fit, paroxysm, spasm, convulsion Analogous words: see those at ACCESS 2 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms


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