I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. arising from extrinsic causes ; incidental, nonessential 2. a. occurring unexpectedly or by chance b. happening without intent or through carelessness and often with unfortunate results • accidentally also accidently adverbaccidentalness noun Synonyms: accidental, fortuitous, casual, contingent mean not amenable to planning or prediction. accidental stresses chance <
any resemblance to actual persons is entirely accidental
. fortuitous so strongly suggests chance that it often connotes entire absence of cause <
a series of fortuitous events
. casual stresses lack of real or apparent premeditation or intent <
a casual encounter with a stranger
. contingent suggests possibility of happening but stresses uncertainty and dependence on other future events for existence or occurrence <
the contingent effects of the proposed law
. II. noun Date: 1651 1. a nonessential property 2. a. a note foreign to a key indicated by a signature b. a prefixed sign indicating an accidental

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