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Dictionary Definition

incidental adj
1 (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence; "incidental expenses"; "the road will bring other incidental advantages"; "extra duties incidental to the job"; "labor problems incidental to a rapid expansion"; "confusion incidental to a quick change" [syn: incident] [ant: basic]
2 following as a consequence; "an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with related problems"; "snags incidental to the changeover in management" [syn: accompanying, attendant, concomitant, incidental to(p)]
3 not of prime or central importance; "nonessential to the integral meanings of poetry"- Pubs.MLA [syn: nonessential]

Noun

1 (frequently plural) an expense not budgeted or not specified; "he requested reimbursement of $7 for incidental expenses" [syn: incidental expense, minor expense]
2 an item that is incidental

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Adjective

  1. Loosely associated; existing as a byproduct, tangent, or accident.
    That character, though colorful, is incidental to the overall plot.
  2. Entering or approaching, prior to reflection (more frequently incident).

Related terms

Noun

  1. Incidental expense.
    She's costing us a lot in incidentals.

Extensive Definition

Incident may refer to:
The Incident may refer to:

See also

incidental in French: Incident

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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