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Compare French accidentel, earlier accidental.

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Accidental (comparative more Accidental, superlative most Accidental)

Positive
Accidental

Comparative
more Accidental

Superlative
most Accidental

  1. Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous
    an accidental visit
  2. Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental
    are accidental to a play
  3. (music) Foreign to the key signature or a proper harmony.
  4. unintentional; by accident

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  • We speak of a thing as accidental when it falls out as by chance, and not in the regular course of things; as, an accidental meeting, an accidental advantage, etc.
  • We call a thing incidental when it falls, as it were, into some regular course of things, but is secondary, and forms no essential part thereof; as, an incidental remark, an incidental evil, an incidental benefit.
  • We speak of a thing as casual, when it falls out or happens, as it were, by mere chance, without being prearranged or premeditated; as, a casual remark or encounter; a casual observer. An idea of the unimportant is attached to what is casual.
  • Fortuitous is applied to what occurs without any known cause, and in opposition to what has been foreseen; as, a fortuitous concourse of atoms.
  • We call a thing contingent when it is such that, considered in itself, it may or may not happen, but is dependent for its existence on something else; as, the time of my coming will be contingent on intelligence yet to be received.

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Singular
Accidental

Plural
Accidentals

Accidental (plural Accidentals)
  1. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally.
    • Fuller — He conceived it just that accidentals ... should sink with the substance of the accusation.
  2. (in plural, painting) 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.
  3. (music) A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note.

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Accidental m. and f. (plural accidentales)

  1. accidental

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Accidental m. (plural accidentales)

Singular
Accidental m.

Plural
accidentales m.

  1. (music) accidental

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ar:accidental be:accidental et:accidental el:accidental es:accidental fa:accidental fr:accidental ko:accidental io:accidental it:accidental hu:accidental ja:accidental pl:accidental pt:accidental ru:accidental fi:accidental ta:accidental te:accidental tr:accidental vi:accidental

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