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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

Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return.
Bertrand Russell

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 stand up, everything was accidental. I never grew up and was the class clown and had to get the attention. It was - it really is, I have a career despite myself.
Ellen DeGeneres
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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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