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incidental

in·ci·den·tal

incidental

 
 
pronunciation:
In s den tl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: happening or likely to happen concurrently or in connection with something else but as a subordinate or less important element.
Some incidental weight loss was noted in the patients taking the experimental drug.
similar words:
accidental, circumstantial, coincident, conditional, contingent, dependent, incident, side, subsidiary
definition 2: of relatively little importance in relation to something else.
The income from her job is her main support, but she brings in some incidental income from the sale of her paintings.That's an interesting point, but it's incidental to the matter we're discussing.
synonyms:
minor, secondary
antonyms:
crucial, essential, integral
similar words:
accessory, circumstantial, extraneous, extrinsic, inappreciable, inconsequent, inconsequential, inconsiderable, inessential, insignificant, negligible, nonessential, subordinate, subsidiary, unessential, unimportant
definition 3: occurring only by chance rather than by plan or intention.
An incidental meeting with a publisher at a party turned out to be advantageous for the young author.
synonyms:
accidental, casual
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part of speech: noun
definition: (often pl.) something minor or subordinate, such as small expenses.
You'll probably need some extra cash for incidentals.
synonyms:
accidental
similar words:
accessory, appurtenance, extra, inessential, nonessential, unessential
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