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



BrE BrE//ˌæksɪˈdentl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæksɪˈdentl//
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happening by chance; not planned a verdict of accidental death I didn't think our meeting was accidental—he must have known I would be there. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin accidentalis, from Latin accident- ‘happening’, from the verb accidere, from ad- ‘towards, to’ + cadere ‘to fall’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: accidental