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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 previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

ACCIDENTAL BODILY INJURY: Unforeseen and unintended bodily injury resulting from an accident. Generally considered a more liberal term or definition in accident insurance policies, as distinguished from a technical interpretation of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (2009)

by Evelyn B. Kelly

found that up to 57 percent of children with ADHD were described as accident prone, and 15 percent had at least four or more serious accidental injuries, such as broken bones, lacerations, head injuries, severe ...

Google previewPhilologia Anglicana: or, a Philological and synonymical dictionary of the English language; in which the words are deduced from their originals-their sense defined-and the same illustrated and supported by proper examples and notes, critical and explanatory. [“A-Adornment” only.] (1806)

by Benjamin DAWSON (Rector of Burgh, Suffolk.)

The meetingwas accidental-"The verdict, accidental death-— Three inquests were taken on the same day; and the coroner's verdict was different on each, viz. manslaughter, wilful murder, accidental death.” 2. “ Since the messenger, who ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Watt's Logic- * Accidental, adj. [from accident.] 1. Having the quality of an accident, non-essential; used with the particle to, before that in which the accident inheres. A distinction is to be made between what pleases naturally in itself, and what ...

Google previewEssential Dictionary of Music Notation (Pocket Size Book)

COURTESY ACCIDENTALS Used as reminders of the key signature when an accidental has been used in the previous measure, or to avoid ambiguity in certain situations. Use a courtesy accidental as a reminder to return to the original pitch ...

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 previewMedical Lexicon. A New Dictionary of Medical Science, containing a concise account of the various subjects and terms, ... and formulae for ... preparations etc. Third edition (1844)

gE'OLOURS, ACCIDENTAL. Opposite ca101"], Complementary and Harmonic colours. If the eye have been for some time regarding a par~ ticular colour, the retina becomes insensible to this colour; and if, afterwards, it be turned to a. sheet of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Medica (1902)

by Chalmers Watson

The causes of plumbism may, roughly speaking, be regarded as three : accidental, industrial, and self induced. Under accidental poisoning are to be included those cases in which plumbism has been caused by drinking water that has ...

Google previewGrove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1907)

by Sir George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland

An accidental is also frequently needed in the last chord of a Cadence. The rule is, that every Cadence which either terminates a composition or concludes a well -defined strain, must end with a Major Chord. It naturally does so in Modes V, VI, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Terms in Art. Edited and illustrated by F. W. F. (1870)

ACCIDENTAL COLOUR is the name given to that which an object appears to have when seen by an eye which at the time is strongly affected by some particular colour: thus, if we look for a short time upon any bright object, such as a wafer on ...

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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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