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noun 
  1. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally.
    • Fuller " He conceived it just that accidentals ... should sink with the substance of the accusation.
      1. (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.
      2. (music) A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note.
adjective 
  1. happening, Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous
an visit
  1. nonessential, Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental
are accidental to a play
  1. (music) Foreign to the key signature or a proper harmony.
  2. unintentional; by accident
Etymology: Compare French accidentel, earlier accidental.


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