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Definition of Accidental

Accidental

  1. Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous; as, an accidental visit.
  2. Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental; as, are accidental to a play.
  3. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally.
  4. 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.
  5. A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note.

Accidental Quotations

The study of celestial phenomena at radio wavelengths, radio astronomy came into being after the accidental discovery of cosmic radiation by radio engineer Karl Jansky in 1933.
Honor Harger

It is not accidental that all phenomena of human life are dominated by the search for daily bread - the oldest link connecting all living things, man included, with the surrounding nature.
Ivan Pavlov

When McGwire started the home run mania, attendance came back. The owners understood that the sudden spike in homers wasn't accidental. All baseball knew it. But baseball is run on money, and home runs meant money. Baseball turned a blind eye.
Gary Sheffield

I don't believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely accidental and random. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you're spending your time doing something worthwhile.
Helen Mirren

Drug use, within entire teams continues unabated. It is planned and deliberate cheating, with complex methods, sophisticated substances and techniques, and the active complicity of doctors, scientists, team officials and riders. There is nothing accidental about it.
Richard Pound
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Accidental Translations

accidental in Dutch is incidenteel, toevallig
accidental in Finnish is muu
accidental in French is malheureuxse, accidentel
accidental in Italian is accidentale, infelice
accidental in Portuguese is acidental
accidental in Spanish is fortuito, accidental
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