- happening by chance or accident; not planned; unexpected: an accidental meeting.
- nonessential; incidental; subsidiary: accidental benefits.
- Music. relating to or indicating sharps, flats, or naturals.
- a nonessential or subsidiary circumstance, characteristic, or feature.
- Music. a sign placed before a note indicating a chromatic alteration of its pitch.
Origin of accidental
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Examples from the Web for accidently
An ITF anti-doping tribunal ruled in 2009 that Richard Gasquet accidently ingested cocaine while kissing a woman at a nightclub.Tennis Has a Doping Problem
July 8, 2013
Did you once accidently apply to a school in Michigan thinking it was in New York?A Gifted Man’s Leading Lady
September 23, 2011
At that very moment, the crepe flounce on her dress was accidently torn off.Revolutionary Reader
Sophie Lee Foster
He had chopped off several of her fingers, when they were accidently interrupted.Basque Legends
The matter was settled for him by meeting her accidently outside the buvette.Beggars on Horseback
F. Tennyson Jesse
The other accidently put an end to her own life several weeks ago.Little Wolf
M. A. Cornelius
I was in dread for fear his trembling finger might accidently touch the trigger.A Texas Cow Boy
Chas. A. Siringo
- occurring by chance, unexpectedly, or unintentionally
- nonessential; incidental
- music denoting sharps, flats, or naturals that are not in the key signature of a piece
- logic (of a property) not essential; contingent
- an incidental, nonessential, or supplementary circumstance, factor, or attribute
- music a symbol denoting a sharp, flat, or natural that is not a part of the key signature
Word Origin and History for accidently
late 14c., "non-essential," from Old French accidentel or directly from Medieval Latin accidentalis, from Latin accidentem (see accident). Meaning "outside the normal course of nature" is from early 15c.; that of "coming by chance" is from 1570s.
late 14c., "non-essential quality," from accidental (adj.). The musical sense is from 1868.