accident of birth


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accident of birth

Any and all particulars surrounding one's birth (physical characteristics, social background, and even nationality) that are considered a result of parentage and the specific circumstances of birth, and are therefore entirely out of one's control. My poverty when I was young was merely an accident of birth; through hard work and determination, I was able to overcome it and lead a successful life.
See also: accident, birth, of
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The crowds of men who merely spoke the Greek and Latin tongues in the Middle Ages were not entitled by the accident of birth to read the works of genius written in those languages; for these were not written in that Greek or Latin which they knew, but in the select language of literature.
It was voted low to sneer at Dobbin about this accident of birth.
Those who are Welsh 'indeed' are obviously more Welsh than those who are Welsh due to an accident of birth.
This institution understands that education is a right, not an accident of birth, and if you're smart enough, creative enough and hardworking enough, Birmingham City University can provide you with life-changing opportunities, whatever your background," he said.
It is just about one unelected woman who is our head of state due to privilege and an accident of birth.
Medals are supposed to be about valour, extraordinary deeds, distinguished military service - not an accident of birth or your mum feeling sorry for you.
gt;Baroness She said: "The EU is far from perfect, but having sat in a gilt-clad chamber with people who were there purely because of an accident of birth I would ask 'Who are we to throw stones?
I blame their parents, for teaching them that being white is some sort of achievement instead of a meaningless accident of birth.
Titled 'A good education should not be an accident of birth, geography, gender or race.
Most of us are Filipinos by accident of birth but how many of us are Filipinos by choice?
She expresses concern for "borders that are rapidly closing for Syrians and Iraqis fleeing ISIS violence in their own countries, leaving them with no option but to make dangerous sea crossings and walk through Europe, illegally crossing borders until they can hope to claim asylum" and ponders why "the passport one holds - an accident of birth, in most cases - makes some people worthy of safety and compassion, and others not.
I do love my role but am very aware I am here because of an accident of birth and live with the overwhelming sensation that I haven't done anything to deserve it.
At the other end of the spectrum a woman who had made her way in a man's world through hard work, brains and determination, rather than an accident of birth, became almost as famous overnight.
We boast we are the mother of parliaments and yet we have a constitutional monarch who was not elected and sits on her throne by an accident of birth.
Historian Dominic Sandbrook "This is the 21st century and to simply rely on an accident of birth to provide us with a new head of state is simply not acceptable anymore.
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