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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

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

Things don't just happen in this world of arising and passing away. We don't live in some kind of crazy, accidental universe. Things happen according to certain laws, laws of nature. Laws such as the law of karma, which teaches us that as a certain seed gets planted, so will that fruit be.
Sharon Salzberg

The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.
Arthur Miller

I don't like accidental success. It's what Bill Gates calls 'random,' a term he uses with the opposite of respect.
Masayoshi Son

Nothing is accidental in the universe - this is one of my Laws of Physics - except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.
Joyce Carol Oates
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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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