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accidental

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of accidental

  1. 1 happening by chance finding the gold was all the more remarkable because its discovery was entirely accidental Synonyms of accidental casual, chance, fluky (also flukey), fortuitous, inadvertent, incidental, unintended, unintentional, unplanned, unpremeditated, unwitting Words Related to accidental coincidental; freak, odd; aimless, arbitrary, desultory, haphazard, random; uncertain, unexpected, unforeseeable, unforeseen; coerced, forced, involuntary; unconscious, unprompted Near Antonyms of accidental certain, destined, expected, fixed, foreordained, foreseeable, foreseen, inevitable, predestined, predetermined, predictable, preordained, prescribed, sure; conscious, freewill, knowing, unforced, voluntary, volunteer, willful (or wilful) Antonyms of accidental calculated, deliberate, intended, intentional, planned, premeditated, premeditative, prepense, set

  2. 2 not being a vital part of or belonging to something we're considering the painting's merit as a work of art, its commercial value being entirely accidental as far as we're concerned Synonyms of accidental extrinsic, adventitious, alien, extraneous, external, foreign, supervenientWords Related to accidental exterior, outside; immaterial, inapplicable, insignificant, irrelevant; nonessential, unessential, unnecessaryNear Antonyms of accidental congenital, deep-seated, inborn, inbred; inside, interior, internal; basic, essential, necessaryAntonyms of accidental inherent, innate, intrinsic

Synonym Discussion of accidental

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


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