accidental

Anything accidental happens by chance or unintentionally. People don't mean to do accidental things.

An accident is something unforeseen that no one wanted to happen, like a car accident or getting hit by lightning. You can describe anything like that as accidental. Bumping into a stranger could be accidental. Forgetting to pay a bill is accidental. This word covers all the things that no one really meant or planned to happen. There are a lot of accidental events in the world, which is one reason insurance exists.

Primary Meanings of accidental

1.
adj
happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally
2.
n
a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature
Full Definitions of accidental
1

adj happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

accidental poisoning”
“an accidental shooting”
Synonyms:
inadvertent
unintended
not deliberate
2

n a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature

Type of:
musical notation
(music) notation used by musicians

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