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ac·ci·den·tal

 (ăk′sĭ-dĕn′tl)
adj.
1. Occurring unexpectedly, unintentionally, or by chance.
2. Music Of or relating to an accidental.
3. Being an animal, especially a bird, that has strayed beyond its normal range.
n.
1. A property, factor, or attribute that is not essential.
2. Music
a. Any of various signs that indicate the alteration of a note by one or two semitones or the cancellation of a previous sign.
b. A note that has been marked with such a sign.
3. An animal that has strayed beyond its normal range.

ac′ci·den′tal·ly, ac′ci·dent′ly adv.
Synonyms: accidental, fortuitous, contingent, incidental
These adjectives apply to what happens unintentionally. Accidental primarily refers to what occurs by chance: an accidental meeting.
It can also mean subordinate or nonessential: "Poetry is something to which words are the accidental, not by any means the essential form" (Frederick W. Robertson).
Fortuitous stresses chance even more strongly: "the happy combination of fortuitous circumstances" (Sir Walter Scott).
Contingent describes what is possible but uncertain because of unforeseen or uncontrollable factors: "The results of confession were not contingent, they were certain" (George Eliot).
Incidental refers to a minor or unanticipated result or accompaniment: "There is scarcely any practice which is so corrupt as not to produce some incidental good" (Enoch Mellor).

accidental

(ˌæksɪˈdɛntəl)
adj
1. occurring by chance, unexpectedly, or unintentionally
2. nonessential; incidental
3. (Classical Music) music denoting sharps, flats, or naturals that are not in the key signature of a piece
4. (Logic) logic (of a property) not essential; contingent
n
5. an incidental, nonessential, or supplementary circumstance, factor, or attribute
6. (Classical Music) music a symbol denoting a sharp, flat, or natural that is not a part of the key signature
ˌacciˈdentally adv

ac•ci•den•tal

(ˌæk sɪˈdɛn tl)

adj.
1. happening by chance or accident.
2. nonessential; incidental: accidental benefits.
3. pertaining to or indicating sharps, flats, or naturals in music.
n.
4. a nonessential or subsidiary circumstance or feature.
5. a sign placed before a note indicating a chromatic alteration of its pitch.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin]
ac`ci•den′tal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.accidental - a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signatureaccidental - a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
Adj.1.accidental - happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally ; "with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table"; "accidental poisoning"; "an accidental shooting"
unintended - not deliberate

accidental

adjective
2. chance, random, casual, unintentional, unintended, unplanned, fortuitous, inadvertent, serendipitous, unlooked-for, uncalculated, contingent His hand brushed against hers; it could have been accidental.

accidental

adjective
Occurring unexpectedly:
Translations
عرضيعَرَضِي، بِالصُّدْفَه
náhodný
hændeligtilfældig
sattumanvarainen
slučajan
tilviljunarkenndur
偶然の
우연의
naključen
oavsiktlig
เป็นเหตุบังเอิญ
kaza sonucutesadüfi
tai nạn

accidental

[ˌæksɪˈdentl]
A. ADJ
1. (= by chance) → casual, fortuito
accidental deathmuerte f por accidente
2. (= unintentional) → imprevisto
I didn't do it deliberately, it was accidentalno lo hice adrede, fue sin querer
B. N (Mus) → accidente m

accidental

[ˌæksɪˈdɛntəl] adj
(= by accident) [injury, fall, fire, damage] → accidentel(le) accidental death
(= chance) [meeting, discovery] → accidentel/elle m/faccidental death n (LAW)mort f accidentelle

accidental

adj
(= unplanned) meeting, benefitzufällig; (= unintentional) blow, shootingversehentlich; one of the accidental effects of this scheme was …eine der Wirkungen, die dieser Plan unbeabsichtigterweise mit sich brachte, war …
(= resulting from accident) injury, deathdurch Unfall; accidental damage (Insur) → Unfallschaden m
n (Mus) (= sign)Versetzungszeichen nt, → Akzidentale f (form); (= note)erhöhter/erniedrigter Ton

accidental

[ˌæksɪˈdɛntl] adj (by chance) → accidentale, fortuito/a, casuale; (unintentional) → involontario/a
accidental death → morte f accidentale

accident

(ˈӕksidənt) noun
1. an unexpected happening, often harmful, causing injury etc. There has been a road accident.
2. chance. I met her by accident.
ˌacciˈdental (-ˈden-) adjective
happening by chance or accident. an accidental discovery.
ˌacciˈdentally (-ˈden-) adverb

accidental

عرضي náhodný hændelig unbeabsichtigt τυχαίος accidental sattumanvarainen accidentel slučajan accidentale 偶然の 우연의 toevallig tilfeldig przypadkowy acidental случайный oavsiktlig เป็นเหตุบังเอิญ kaza sonucu tai nạn 偶然的

accidental

a. accidental, inesperado-a, casual.

accidental

adj accidental; — death muerte f accidental
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