Meaning of ACCIDENTAL in English
— accidentally , adv. — accidentalness, accidentality , n.
/ak'si den"tl/ , adj.
1. happening by chance or accident; not planned; unexpected: an accidental meeting.
2. nonessential; incidental; subsidiary: accidental benefits.
3. Music. relating to or indicating sharps, flats, or naturals.
4. a nonessential or subsidiary circumstance, characteristic, or feature.
5. Music. a sign placed before a note indicating a chromatic alteration of its pitch.
[ 1350-1400; ME accidentalis. See ACCIDENT, -AL 1 ]
Syn. 1. unintentional, unforeseen. ACCIDENTAL, CASUAL, FORTUITOUS all describe something outside the usual course of events. ACCIDENTAL implies occurring unexpectedly or by chance: an accidental blow. CASUAL describes a passing event of slight importance: a casual reference. FORTUITOUS is applied to events occurring without known cause, often of a fortunate or favorable nature: a fortuitous shower of meteors. It often also implies good luck or good fortune: a fortuitous choice leading to rapid advancement.
Ant. 1. planned, contrived.
Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary. Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House . 2012