accidental

[ ak-si-den-tl ]
/ ˌæk sɪˈdɛn tl /
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adjective

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.

noun

a nonessential or subsidiary circumstance, characteristic, or feature.
Music. a sign placed before a note indicating a chromatic alteration of its pitch.

Nearby words

  1. accident insurance,
  2. accident prone,
  3. accident proneness,
  4. accident tout,
  5. accident-prone,
  6. accidental death benefit,
  7. accidental hypothermia,
  8. accidentalism,
  9. accidentally,
  10. accidentally on purpose

Origin of accidental

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word accidentālis. See accident, -al1

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Synonym study

1. Accidental, casual, fortuitous all describe something outside the usual course of events. Accidental implies occurring unexpectedly or by chance: an accidental blow. Casual describes a passing event of slight importance: a casual reference. Fortuitous is applied to events occurring without known cause, often of a fortunate or favorable nature: a fortuitous shower of meteors. It often also implies good luck or good fortune: a fortuitous choice leading to rapid advancement.

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British Dictionary definitions for non-accidental

accidental

/ (ˌæksɪˈdɛntəl) /

adjective

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

noun

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
Derived Formsaccidentally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for non-accidental
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