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incidental

[in-si-den-tl] /ˌɪn sɪˈdɛn tl/
adjective
1.
happening or likely to happen in an unplanned or subordinate conjunction with something else.
2.
incurred casually and in addition to the regular or main amount:
incidental expenses.
3.
likely to happen or naturally appertaining (usually followed by to).
noun
4.
something incidental, as a circumstance.
5.
incidentals, minor expenses.
Origin of incidental
1610-1620
First recorded in 1610-20; incident + -al1
Related forms
incidentalness, noun
nonincidental, adjective
nonincidentally, adverb
unincidental, adjective
unincidentally, adverb
Can be confused
incidence, incidents, incidental.
Synonyms
1. casual, chance, fortuitous; contingent.
Antonyms
1. fundamental.
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  • And Mr. Price said that though folly was incidental to Alfred's years, it must be checked.

  • "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.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for incidental

incidental

/ˌɪnsɪˈdɛntəl/
adjective
1.
happening in connection with or resulting from something more important; casual or fortuitous
2.
(postpositive) foll by to. found in connection (with); related (to)
3.
(postpositive) foll by upon. caused (by)
4.
occasional or minor: incidental expenses
noun
5.
(often pl) an incidental or minor expense, event, or action
Derived Forms
incidentalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for incidental
adj.

"casual, occasional," 1610s, from Medieval Latin incidentalis, from incidens (see incident (n.)). Incidentals (n.) "'occasional' expenses, etc.," is attested by 1707.

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