Definition of incidental adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnsɪˈdentl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnsɪˈdentl//
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  1. 1incidental (to something) happening in connection with something else, but not as important as it, or not intended The discovery was incidental to their main research. incidental music (= music used with a play or a film/movie to give atmosphere) You may be able to get help with incidental expenses (= small costs that you get in connection with something).
  2. 2incidental to something (specialist) happening as a natural result of something These risks are incidental to the work of a firefighter.
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: originally from medieval Latin incidentalis, from Latin incident- ‘falling upon, happening to’, from the verb incidere, from in- ‘upon’ + cadere ‘to fall’.Extra examples Information skills are not merely incidental to the curriculum but central to it. It’s just a risk incidental to the job. The fact that the concert made a profit was considered incidental.
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