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Definition of accidental:

  1. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally.
  2. A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note.
  3. Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous; as, an accidental visit.
  4. Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental; as, are accidental to a play.
  5. Those fortuitous effects produced by luminous rays falling on certain objects so that some parts stand forth in abnormal brightness and other parts are cast into a deep shadow.

Synonyms:

unplanned, unexpected, extrinsic, extraneous, coincidental, alien, incidental, spontaneous, unforeseen, nonessential, involuntary, unpremeditated, under, secondary, impromptu, adventitious, subordinate, arbitrary, surprise, unlucky, external, unintended, foreign, by accident, undesigned, contingent, chance, supervenient, odd, unwitting, inadvertent, instinctive, casual.

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