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Definition of the adjective accidental

What does accidental mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more accidental / most accidental

  1. happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally
    • examples: accidental poisoning | an accidental shooting
    • synonym of accidental: inadvertent
    • similar: unintended
  2. not of prime or central importance

Alternative definition of the adjective accidental


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

Definition of the noun accidental

What does accidental mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: accidentals

  1. a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature

Alternative definition of the noun accidental


  1. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally.
  2. [context: 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.


Accidental is a record label.


  1. "Accidental" is a studio album by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith. It is the third of a series of Music for Dance albums Frith made, and was recorded between December 1995 and January 1996 at Studio Jankowski in Stuttgart, Germany. The album was released on CD in March 2002 on Fred Records and was the first release in Frith's archival release program on the record label.
  2. "Accidental" is a musical single of Garou.
    • released on (7 years ago)

Phrases with Accidental

  1. Accidental Point
  2. accidental injury

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Accidental

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Google previewThe Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words (2017)

by Paul Anthony Jones

It becomes an accidental dictionary. The Accidental Dictionary Affiliate originally meant 'to adopt a child'

Google previewThe Arms Control, Disarmament, and Military Security Dictionary (2007)

by Jeffrey M. Elliot, Robert Reginald

War and Peace Accidental War (1) An unintended armed clash caused by human miscalculation or by mechanical or electronic error. Accidental war is easy to conceive, but difficult to document. Dr. Herman Kahn, an expert on international ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (1999)

by Raymond J. Corsini

accidental hehavior tS. Freudi Actions that are consciously unimended hut unconsciously desired and are likely to generate damage to the person or to others. accidental chaining The attachmem of a neutral response to a ...

Google previewThe American History and Encyclopedia of Music (1910)

accidental chromatics Chromatics employed ...

Google previewA Botanical Dictionary (1805)

Or, Elements of Systematic and Philosophical Botany by Colin Milne

But two bodies are never observed of similar properties in every relpect ; and, therefore, the idea of a species would never arise, were not certain characters distinguished from others, the essential from the merely accidental. The essential ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Medica ... (1902)

Accidental hacmorrhage, due to the detachment of a normally situated placenta.

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

accidental Ana mark, "sign, note, badge, token, symptom: characteristic, peculiarity (see corresponding adjectives at CHARACTERISTIC) Ant substance ( in philosophy) 2 *chance, hazard, luck, fortune, hap Ana contingency, fortuity, ...

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Quotes about Accidental

I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false is guilty of falsehood, and the accidental truth of the assertion does not justify or excuse him. (Abraham Lincoln)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3I1D2E1N1T1A1L1

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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