Incidents vs. incidence

Incident = event, happening which attract general attention.

  • The government regretted the incident.
  • Several people were injured in the incident.
  • Many such incidents go unreported and the guilty escape punishment.
  • Two people were shot yesterday in two separate incidents.

Incidence = The rate, or frequency of a disease, crime or other undesirable things.

  • Now there is an increased incidence of cancer among city dwellers.
  • Records prove that there is a high incidence of heart disease in men over 50.
  • High incidence of malaria has been reported in the area.
  • This area has a high incidence of crime, disease and unemployment.

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