Incidental means secondary in time or importance. If you lose weight because you moved and must walk further to school, the weight loss was incidental to the move.
When something is incidental, it is never the main thing. It's okay to include incidental details as they can add depth to your storytelling, but they are never crucial to the story. A company might pay your main expenses when you travel for business but will probably not reimburse you for the incidental ones. The music you hear between acts of a play is called incidental. It's not crucial to the action, but it makes the waiting easier.
adj (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence
capable of being left out
qualifying or explaining; placed or as if placed in parentheses
related to the key issue but not of central importance
depending on or incidental to what is original or primary
pertaining to or constituting a base or basis
serving as or forming a base
elemental, elementary, primary
of or being the essential or basic part
fundamental, rudimentary, underlying
being or involving basic facts or principles
arising from or going to the root or source
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