incidental

[ in-si-den-tl ]
/ ˌɪn sɪˈdɛn tl /

adjective

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).

noun

something incidental, as a circumstance.
incidentals, minor expenses.

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Origin of incidental

First recorded in 1610–20; incident + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM incidental

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH incidental

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British Dictionary definitions for incidental

incidental
/ (ˌɪnsɪˈdɛntəl) /

adjective

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

noun

(often plural) an incidental or minor expense, event, or action

Derived forms of incidental

incidentalness, noun
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