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What does accidental mean?
Accidental describes something that happens by chance or without planning, as in The hero has an accidental meeting with the villain early in the movie that sets the hero on his course.
Accidental can also sometimes refer to something that comes about by chance.
Example: We had to sign a contract saying we are aware of the possibility of accidental injury.
Where does accidental come from?
The first records of the term accidental come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin accidentālis. Accident refers to something that happens by chance, often something negative. Adding the suffix –al creates a term that can be used to describe something that happens by chance.
Accidental can also mean nonessential or subsidiary. An example of this is to describe an unexpected benefit you receive, such as your office being near a restaurant you enjoy or when a product you buy comes with extra parts. Those with a musical ear will know that an accidental is a marking on sheet music that indicates whether a note should be played as a sharp, natural, or flat.
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What are some other forms related to accidental?
- accidentally (adverb)
- accidentalness (noun)
- accidentality (noun)
- nonaccidental (adjective, noun)
- nonaccidentally (adverb)
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How is accidental used in real life?
Accidental is more often used to discuss something negative, like crashes.
I hate taking accidental naps I just sat down and knocked. I woke up and I’m still just as tired as before except now I’m sweaty and I have bed head
— Ethan Dolan (@EthanDolan) September 19, 2018
Every iPhone X/XS owner has taken a minimum of 10 accidental screenshots thanks to the phone’s button placement. It’s just part of the experience.
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) February 15, 2019
Made accidental eye contact with the very old man next to me and his response was “take a pic it’ll last longer”. If you need me I’ll be in the burn unit after getting roasted by an 80+ year old.
— SARAYA (@RealPaigeWWE) March 1, 2020
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How to use accidental in a sentence
You have no idea which elements were due to your innate talent and which were accidental.How I learned to tell stories on purpose in the new Frog Fractions|Ars Staff|September 11, 2020|Ars Technica
That was followed by a report that roughly 30 percent of college athletes who've contracted the virus end up with inflammation of the heart muscle, called myocarditis—a number that ESPN is now saying is an accidental exaggeration.Evidence slowly building for long-term heart problems post-COVID-19|John Timmer|September 3, 2020|Ars Technica
If you manage sites with licensable images, this tag can help communicate the licensing details to potential customers, reduce accidental image theft and increase revenues for your images.Google officially launches ‘licensable’ image label and filter in Image search|Barry Schwartz|August 31, 2020|Search Engine Land
So when he died in December 2019, at age 21, after a seizure from an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine, it crushed people everywhere.We Hear Dead People: Our Favorite Posthumous Hip-Hop Albums. Ever|Joshua Eferighe|August 31, 2020|Ozy
Researchers cannot ethically alter human prenatal hormone levels, so they rely on “accidental experiments” in which prenatal hormone levels or responses to them were unusual, such as with intersex people.
This is kind of an accidental career for me—which is why I approach it with irreverence and playfulness.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy|Oliver Jones|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whatever irregularities occurred were accidental and insignificant.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era|Gary May|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1978, Scott Newman, his 28-year-old son, died of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose.
An accidental mix-up of measles vaccine and a common muscle relaxer killed at least 15 Syrian children, and possibly many more.Measles Vaccine Mix-Up Kills Dozens of Syrian Children|Kent Sepkowitz|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Around two thirds of these accidental deaths happened in the home or vehicle of the family, with mostly unsecured guns.9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns|Cliff Schecter|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No accidental relations of parts of names is resorted to, as was done in the case of the American Presidents.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Christianity owed its magnificent opportunities (which it has wasted) to several accidental circumstances.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
In the meantime, Colonel Fry had died suddenly from an accidental fall, and Washington had succeeded to the command.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
A statesman's life is the life for me; behold Mr. Devenish, the new M.P.—no, look here, that was quite accidental.First Plays|A. A. Milne
According to him, literature ought to be intentional, and the accidental restrained as much as possible.Charles Baudelaire, His Life|Thophile Gautier