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English adjective: incidental

1. incidental (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence


SamplesIncidental 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.


Synonymsincident


Similaromissible, parenthetic, parenthetical, peripheral, secondary


Antonymsbasic

2. incidental not of prime or central importance


SamplesNonessential to the integral meanings of poetry.


Synonymsnonessential


Similarinessential, unessential


Antonymsessential

3. incidental following or accompanying as a consequence


SamplesAn excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems.
Snags incidental to the changeover in management.
Attendant circumstances.
The period of tension and consequent need for military preparedness.
The ensuant response to his appeal.
The resultant savings were considerable.


Synonymsaccompanying, attendant, concomitant, consequent, ensuant, resultant, sequent


Similarsubsequent


Antonymsantecedent


English noun: incidental

1. incidental (possession) (frequently plural) an expense not budgeted or not specified


SamplesHe requested reimbursement of $7 for incidental expenses.


Synonymsincidental expense, minor expense


Broader (hypernym)expense


Domain usageplural, plural form

2. incidental (communication) an item that is incidental


Broader (hypernym)item, point









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