[ UK /ˌæksɪdˈɛntə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˌæksəˈdɛnəɫ, ˌæksəˈdɛntəɫ/ ]
  1. a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature
  1. happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally
    an accidental shooting
    with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table
    accidental poisoning
  2. not of prime or central importance
    nonessential to the integral meanings of poetry
    the character's motives remain accidental to the plot
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How To Use accidental In A Sentence

  • The lid won't come off accidentally , it's been fastened on.
  • He leaned over and reached into the glove compartment, his forearm accidentally brushing across her thigh.
  • It was, in fact, the accidental discovery of several mind-altering drugs in the middle of the 20th century that drew me into research on brain functions and mental illness.
  • One of the hospitals said that some of the people that had stuff either left or accidentally placed inside them became 'unwell' as a result, but it is not known to which objects, or patients, they were referring. TheSpoof.com : Spoof News : Front Page
  • The bite valve has no shut-off mechanism, so it's more apt to leak if accidentally squeezed.
  • But the designer decided to withdraw the shoes over fears they could become a lethal weapon if the wearer accidentally trod on someone else's foot, the Daily Telegraph reported.
  • But what about the accidental acts that no one could foresee? Times, Sunday Times
  • The emotionally devastating effects of non-accidental injury, especially to children, has been receiving dramatic mass media coverage recently.
  • There are many horror stories about an ex-spouse getting the proceeds of a big life insurance policy or the accidental disinheritance of a child because the owner never changed the beneficiary," Norfolk warns. How To Protect Your Spouse Financially After You're Gone
  • When Wanda's little brother accidentally shrinks Ms. Frizzle and the kids, they end up trapped in a bathroom with no way out!
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