1. [ adjective ] associated by chance and not an integral part
Synonyms: adventitious

"poetry is something to which words are the accidental, not by any means the essential form"- Frederick W. Robertson "was his misconduct adventitious or the result of a flaw in his character?"

Related terms: extrinsic
2. [ adjective ] without intention; especially resulting from heedless action
Synonyms: inadvertent

"with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table" "accidental poisoning" "an accidental shooting"

Related terms: unintended
3. [ adjective ] occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
Synonyms: chance casual

"their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship" "seek help from casual passers-by" "a casual meeting" "a chance occurrence"

Related terms: unplanned
4. [ noun ] (music) a notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature
Related terms: musical_notation
Similar spelling:   accidentally