Definition of accidental
1a : occurring unexpectedly or by chance an accidental discovery Their meeting was purely accidental.b : happening without intent or through carelessness and often with unfortunate results The death was ruled accidental.
3 of a bird : appearing outside its normal geographic range, migration route, or season
accidentalnessplay \-ˈden-təl-nəs\ noun
Examples of accidental in a Sentence
an accidental discovery of oil
The timing of the announcement was purely accidental.
The death was ruled accidental.
Recent Examples of accidental from the Web
SUID encompasses sudden infant death syndrome, commonly known as SIDS, as well accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed, and other unspecified causes of death in children up to a year old.
Often, though, hot-car deaths are accidental — more than half (54 percent) are a result of parents or caretakers forgetting children in a vehicle, according to Null’s data.
Investigators have said Utley's death was accidental.
The man told police that the shooting was accidental.
After the coroner’s panel ruled that Ellingson’s death was accidental, a special prosecutor assigned to the case, Amanda Grellner, declined to file charges against Piercy.
Modern parallels with police violence were almost accidental, said Joseph.
Now, after 31 years, The Revolution has reunited to pay tribute to their late leader, who died last year at the age of 57 from an accidental overdose.
A.J. Burnett beats the San Diego Padres 3-0; May 12, 2001: A.J. Burnett started this day with a headache, a sore throat and a scar on his right hand from an accidental burn from a hotel iron.
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Synonym Discussion of accidental
Definition of accidental
1 : a nonessential property
2a music : a note foreign to a key indicated by a signatureb : a prefixed sign indicating an accidental
3 : a bird found outside its normal geographic range, migration route, or season : vagrant
ACCIDENTAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of accidental for English Language Learners
: happening in a way that is not planned or intended : happening by accident : happening as an accident
ACCIDENTAL Defined for Kids
Definition of accidental for Students
1 : happening by chance or unexpectedly an accidental discovery
2 : not happening or done on purpose an accidental shooting
accidentallyadverb I broke it accidentally.
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