- happening or likely to happen in an unplanned or subordinate conjunction with something else.
- incurred casually and in addition to the regular or main amount: incidental expenses.
- likely to happen or naturally appertaining (usually followed by to).
- something incidental, as a circumstance.
- incidentals, minor expenses.
Origin of incidental
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Examples from the Web for incidental
Those are troubling numbers, for unfettered speech is not incidental to a flourishing society.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
The party the mayor seeks is one in which inequality is the central focus of the platform rather than incidental to it.DINO Hunters Are Dreaming Hipster Dreams of the DNC in Brooklyn
August 12, 2014
The problem of “incidental impact” arises in many different contexts.Waiting for the Supreme Court on the Hobby Lobby Decision
Geoffrey R. Stone
June 18, 2014
Do not mistake the epic graft in Sochi as unusual or incidental.Putin’s Sochi and Hitler’s Berlin: The Love Affair Between Dictators and the Olympic Games.
February 7, 2014
In addition, a van was purchased for him, and he was reimbursed for incidental expenses.The ASPCA Pays Price For Bad-Faith Ringling Brothers Elephant Suit
January 8, 2013
And Mr. Price said that though folly was incidental to Alfred's years, it must be checked.Quaint Courtships
"Cousin Amelia is only incidental," Jan said, when they were all three seated in the balcony.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
"There are sure to be incidental expenses," said Philip cautiously.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
The club and Bobby were incidental points of contact, pleasant, but not permanent.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
The production of gold is only incidental, as it were, while the output of silver might be doubled.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
- happening in connection with or resulting from something more important; casual or fortuitous
- (postpositive foll by to) found in connection (with); related (to)
- (postpositive foll by upon) caused (by)
- occasional or minorincidental expenses
- (often plural) an incidental or minor expense, event, or action
Word Origin and History for incidental
"casual, occasional," 1610s, from Medieval Latin incidentalis, from incidens (see incident (n.)). Incidentals (n.) "'occasional' expenses, etc.," is attested by 1707.