- 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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1. casual, chance, fortuitous; contingent.
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Examples from the Web for incidentals
Mr. Bixby meant that he was to be at no expense in port, or for incidentals.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Your father said that I might pay you five francs a day for incidentals and pocket money.Rollo in Paris
They forgot that the booking is as nothing, the incidentals everything.The Lure of the Mask
It was the incidentals which had cut into our small reserve.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
This objection would hold if reason and wisdom were incidentals.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
- 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
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Word Origin and History for incidentals
"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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