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Borrowed from Middle French occurrent and its source, Latin occurrēns.



occurrent (comparative more occurrent, superlative most occurrent)

  1. Current, actual, occurring.
  2. (philosophy, ethics) Pertaining to occurrence; having to do with an occurrence.
    I hold the occurrent belief that I'm writing this sentence
    • 2020 November 13, B. Brodaric; F. Neuhaus, Formal Ontology in Information Systems: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (FOIS 2020), IOS Press, →ISBN, page 147:
      One could imagine, for example, that an occurrent belief (e.g. that I'm allergic to apples) would trigger a dispositional desire (not to get an allergic crisis).
    • 2016, Douglas N. Husak, Ignorance of Law: A Philosophical Inquiry, Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 196:
      In such a case, my belief that the person I will meet is named Robert Barchi is clearly occurrent.


occurrent (plural occurrents)

  1. (now chiefly philosophy) An event, something that occurs.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC, partition II, section 2, member 4:
      the only comfort (saith Jovius) he had to ease his melancholy thoughts, was to hear news, and to listen after those ordinary occurrents, which were brought him cum primis, by letters or otherwise, out of the remotest parts of Europe.
  2. One who comes to meet another.





  1. third-person plural future active indicative of occurrō