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In Catholic moral philosophy the title by which one comes into the ownership of the natural or artificial increment accruing to his property. New trees in a forest, new births in a herd are examples of natural increment. Artificial increment occurs when the property of two or more people becomes inseparably mixed without a previous agreement, as when someone in good faith makes wine out of someone else's grapes. In general the property should go to the one who contributed most to the combined value, with compensation to the other. (Etym. Latin accessus, a coming unto, approach.)